In my entire working life, I’ve never been granted a stock option. Now, endless debates could ensue as to whether this is a good or bad thing, but I’m afraid I don’t draw a large enough salary for it to matter either way. And to be honest, I’m not certain my life has suffered because of it.

But, as I’ve discovered, there are plenty of people who hold options in rather high esteem. And, over the past 10 years or so, to paraphrase an old Saturday Night Live character, “options been berry berry good to them.”

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