Rob Rose Editor: Financial Mail

Naspers had a horror AGM last year when a fifth of its investors voted against its pay policy. But given the large rewards for CEO Bob van Dijk, will this year be any easier? Aileen O’Toole, the Irish-born senior vice-president of Naspers, argues that the technology company "absolutely does" look at the fairness of the total quantum of money it dishes out to its executives. Take a gander through Naspers’s remuneration report, released last Friday, and you’d have to ask if O’Toole is having a craic. This is because Van Dijk, the personable and smart Dutchman who took over from Koos Bekker just three years ago, seems to be making an awful lot of money rapidly. True, his actual salary and bonuses were only a small part of this, amounting to just $2.39m or R32m. But where Van Dijk really scored was thanks to 284,031 Naspers share options and "share appreciation rights" that vested last year, which alter the complexion of his rewards entirely. Now, Van Dijk hasn’t actually made this mone...

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