Bosses at Melrose are within touching distance of a £100m-plus paper fortune as the engineering group's profits rose 32 per cent to £161m.
The top nine staff will be handsomely rewarded at the end of May when a five-year incentive scheme matures. In that time, the shares have risen by three-quarters.
Melrose, which manufactures steel ropes and power-generation equipment, turns around unloved industrial assets.
The group's final dividend is up 20 per cent to 8.4p a share.