As widely reported today, the first of the “Breakthrough” prizes in mathematics have been announced. Leaving aside the question as to whether such awards are sensible (Persiflage is more sympathetic to capitalist principles than your average pinko marxist mathematician), I think we should all be happy that the inaugural awardees are beyond reproach, something which could not have been taken for granted. So well done to whoever was on the prize committee.
Of the awardees that I know personally, my impression is that, at least in part, they would feel mildly embarrassed by the large amount of cash involved, even if they (presumably) feel gratified by the deserved acknowledgement of their contributions to mathematics. I do hear, however, that a bottle of Chateau d’Yquem 1967 does wonders to wash away any last remaining vestiges of embarrassment, and I am more than willing to help out with the consumption of said beverage if required.