According to the company’s 2009 annual report, which was published yesterday, most of the sum came from share options that Becht cashed in.
His base salary rose to £987,000 last year. After pocketing a £3.5m bonus, his gross salary climbed to £4.9m, marking a four per cent rise on the year before, when his salary was £4.7m.
He is thought to have donated £110m to charities after selling 3m shares to a humanitarian trust that specialises in educational and environmental work.
The company said that it was comfortable with Becht’s remuneration and that it remained appropriately positioned.
Colin Day, who is also a director at the company behind brands like Cillit Bang, Vanish and Clearasil, took home a lump salary of £1.7m, made up of base pay of £432,000 and a £1.2m bonus.
Chairman Adrian Bellamy said: “I am pleased to report that the company delivered an outstanding performance. Continuing a record of strong growth in such circumstances is a testament to the quality of the company’s strategy and execution, its culture, its employees and their leadership.”
A Reckitt spokesman said that £100 spent on shares in 2004 would now be worth £239, whereas £100 invested in a FTSE 100 tracker fund would be worth £133.