Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary's paper profit from share options tops £40m after low-cost airline's shares soar

 
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In 2014, O’Leary received options over 5m Ryanair shares (Source: Getty)

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary is sitting on a potential €50m (£44m) paper profit following the airline’s shares soaring last week.

In 2014, O’Leary received options over 5m Ryanair shares which can be exercised at €8.35 a share in 2019 if he hits “exceptional performance targets”. This means the airline boss can earn over €41m.

The no-frills airline’s shares hit €18.68 (£16.35) last week following the company reporting a pre-tax profit of almost €1.32bn for last year.

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Ryanair’s shares closed at €18.20 last week. This puts a paper value of O’Leary’s share profit at €91m, €50m above the exercise price.

The Irish carrier's revenues were up two per cent to €6.6bn while traffic on Ryanair flights grew 13 per cent to 120m customers.

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