Bart's £92m: D'oh!
"Why hasn't the press made more of a fuss about Bart Becht's £92m?", a well-known businessman asked me today.
It is an almost incomprehensibly large sum for anyone to take home in a single year, a record for the boss of a FTSE100 company.
Some - like the Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable - says it's far too much, that those who work as employees rather than entrepreneurial owners should never be paid that much - and that it is another manifestation of a widening gap between rich and poor that damages the cohesion of our society.
That said, the chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser is widely seen as the most able boss of his peer group.
The owners of that consumer products company, its shareholders, think he's worth the wonga.
Over a decade, the publicity-hating Mr Becht has turned Reckitt - which makes Cillitt Bang and Vanish stain remover - into a world leader.
Its shares have increased in value vastly more than those of its close rivals.
Unlike many bankers, Becht seems to have been rewarded for taking the right kind of risks.
And by the way, Becht has provided a valuable service for other well paid business leaders.
Take Sir Stuart Rose, soon to depart Marks and Spencer.
After a couple of torrid years, Marks' performance has revived sharply in the last three months of its financial year - just in time to generate bonuses of £80m for its staff, including just shy of £3m for Rose himself.
But will anyone complain, when Rose is being paid the equivalent of the interest on Becht's one-year wedge?