Michael O'Leary thinks he works fifty times harder than his employees

I'm paid about 20 times more than the average employee and I think that gap should be wider. I probably work 50 times harder. I was paid €1.2m last year for carrying 80 million passengers. Aer Lingus's boss [Christoph Mueller] got €1.3m for carrying nine million passengers. I think I'm the most underpaid and underappreciated airline boss in Europe.

Via the Economist's Daniel Knowles, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary gives a characteristically frank interview to Management Today.

Hard at work: Michael O'Leary. Photograph: Getty Images

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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