A recent survey found that Richard Branson is the celebrity entrepreneur people would most like to work for.
You spend a third of your life at work, so you want to be sure that the person you’re working for deserves your precious time. Most of us hope for a boss who is fair, who inspires and motivates us, and who seems approachable and decent in his or her dealings with their staff.
However, as anyone who has watched the film Horrible Bosses will know, there are a lot of bad eggs out there; bosses who lie, cheat, steal, undermine, or are utterly sleazy. Thankfully, there are several inspiring entrepreneurs out there whom young people would be proud to work for.
Top of the list, according to a survey of 1,500 adults by professional CV writing specialists Purple CV (www.purplecv.co.uk), came Sir Richard Branson – 34% of those surveyed would love to have him as their boss. After all, he’s a self-made man who left school at 15, and started several companies, including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic, and is now worth approximately nearly £4billion.
In second place is Sir Alan Sugar with 17.5%. Another self-made man who didn’t go to university, the successful businessman has built up companies specialising in electronics and computers before becoming best known on TV for his famous catchphrase, “You’re fired!”.
Third on the list is Mark Zuckerberg, with 16% keen to work for him. After all, he started what turned into Facebook at college, which turned into one of the most important and popular social networks of the 21st century.
Successful female entrepreneurs feature highly on the list too, with 13.5% wishing they could work for talk-show host, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey; 12% keen to be employed by former Spice Girl-turned-fashion-designer Victoria Beckham, and 3.1% who’d love to work for Facebook’s unsung hero chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.
Close to the bottom of the list are president-elect Donald Trump, and retailer Sir Philip Green.
Finally, 11% of people would willingly work for a celebrity entrepreneur unpaid; just like in The Internship, when Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s characters hoped to get a job at Google. The search engine’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, also attracted 2.9% of people who said they’d love to work for them. So they must be doing something right.
WHICH CELEBRITY ENTREPRENEUR WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO WORK FOR?
Sir Richard Branson: 34%
Sir Alan Sugar: 17.5%
Mark Zuckerberg: 16%
Oprah Winfrey: 13.5%
Elon Musk: 13.8%
Victoria Beckham: 13.1%
Sheryl Sandberg: 3.1%
Larry Page or Sergey Brin: 2.9%
Donald Trump: 1.8%
Sir Phillip Green: 1.7%
WHAT IS THE TOP QUALITY YOU LOOK FOR IN A BOSS?
Rewarding of hard work: 32.3%
Passionate about what the company does: 16.4%
They are personable/ approachable: 15.3%
Naturally authoritative: 5.8%
WHAT IS THE WORST QUALITY IN A BOSS?
Cut throat attitude/manages through fear: 25.8%
Never praises or encourages staff: 17%
Never available when you need them: 11.1%
Favouritism in the work place: 11.3%
WOULD YOU WORK FOR A CELEBRITY ENTREPRENEUR UNPAID?