Employees of whisky giant Whyte & Mackay are to share a £26m bonus after their outgoing chief executive offered to pay it out of his own pocket.
South African tycoon Vivian Imerman, 52, sold the firm to the Indian-based United Breweries Group in a deal worth £595m earlier this week.
He has offered to pay all 600 employees the equivalent of three month's salary as a thank you.
Mr Imerman bought Whyte & Mackay in 2005 and turned around the business.
He said he wanted to reward staff for the hard work they had put in to help transform Whyte & Mackay's fortunes. Employees were told of the windfall on Wednesday.
Although can these figures be right? £26m divided by 600 workers is about £43,300 each: that's a bonus and a half! But, do you see, Pol?—if "the good super-rich know" that inequality is bad, then I am sure that they could follow Mr Imerman's lead and personally pay bonuses to staff. Wouldn't that be nice?
Now, a question for any tax lawyers out there: what taxes will the staff be liable for on this bonus? How much of this generous thank you for all their hard work in helping to make the company profictable again will Gordon Brown now snaffle from these hard working people in order to pay for other people's fuckwit mistakes?