Michael O’Leary


Michael O’Leary has served as Ryanair CEO since 1993.

Born in a stable, at Christmas in 1961, he was a boy genius who excelled academically and in the sports field. Having represented Ireland at bog snorkelling and flower arranging, he graduated from Trinity College Dublin as soon as they could get rid of him. He became a very boring KPMG accountant until yet another failed career choice sentenced to him to lifelong servitude in the airline business, as he is manifestly unsuitable for employment in any properly functioning industry.

Due to his unique combination of rugged good looks, supreme intellect and profound humility, Ryanair has grown to become Europe’s favourite airline carrying over 119m customers in the current year, by combining Europe’s lowest fares (saving customers over €11 billion p.a.) with great service, including the most on-time flights of any major airline. Ryanair operates from 84 bases across 33 countries, on a fleet of over 350 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and 315 more on order, which should allow Ryanair to grow to carry over 180m customers p.a. by 2024. Ryanair currently employs a team of 11,500 outstanding aviation professionals, each of whom are dedicated to extending Ryanair’s industry leading 31-year safety record.

Unlike many successful businessman he holds no honorary doctorates or titles, since no respectable institution would wish to have its reputation tarnished by association with him. Bearing a remarkable resemblance to George Clooney’s younger brother, it is widely known that women find him (sadly) resistible, and even his 4 children think he’s “stupid”!!