Michael O’Leary has served as Ryanair CEO since 1993.
Born, at Christmas, in a stable in 1961, he was a boy genius, who excelled both academically and in sports. Having represented Ireland at bog snorkelling and flower arranging, he graduated from Trinity College in Dublin as soon as they could get rid of him. He became another boring KPMG accountant until divine inspiration sentenced to him to lifelong servitude in the airline business, as he is manifestly unsuitable for employment in any properly functioning industry.
Despite his best efforts, Ryanair is Europe’s favourite airline carrying over 87m customers this year at Europe’s lowest fares (saving them over €10 billion annually), with great customer service including the most on-time flights of any major airline. Ryanair operates more than 1,600 low fare routes from 69 bases across 30 countries, connecting 186 destinations with a fleet of 300 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Ryanair has recently placed orders for up to 380 new Boeing 737 aircraft, which should allow it to double in size to carry over 150m customers annually by 2024. Ryanair currently employs a team of 9,500 leading aviation professionals each of whom are dedicated to extending Ryanair’s industry leading 30-year safety record.
Bearing a remarkable resemblance to George Clooney’s younger brother, it is widely reported that most women find him (sadly) resistible!!