After private islands and yachts, the growing number of millionaires or billionaires is eyeing private jets. Whether it be industrialists, oil magnets or media tycoons, what separates these elite from common men is their quality of life. And to enhance their lifestyle, they fail to maintain a distance from the possession of a luxury private jet. These magnificent birds of panache not only provide state of the art technology, but also pack some of the most sought after amenities that would make the journey of the wealthy all the more cherishable.
As we ourselves love a perfectly good airplane, hence we decided to scour the web for the well-known celebrities who not only possess an affinity towards aviation but have realized their dreams of owning a luxury business jet.
Here’s the list of the best luxury private jets owned by celebrities.
1. Donald Trump
Aircraft: Boeing 727-23
Price: $3 Million to $8 Million
When you have billions of dollars in your bank account and are being counted among the likes of billionaires such as Donald Trump, then it is only befitting to adopt a fancy lifestyle that would complement your status. This is where a luxury private jet comes into play, especially like the one owned by Mr. Trump. The iconic billionaire has been a proud owner of a Boeing 727-23 luxury aircraft for more than two decades. This one of a kind luxury business jet can accommodate 23 passengers and comes with a master bedroom, a dining area, conference rooms and even a Queen Size bed. This particular Boeing 727-23 has so far logged an astounding 42,000 flight hours and features leather armchairs, gold plated seatbelt buckles, as well as Waterford crystal lamps. The jet is adorned with the Trump logo with 23-carat gold livery and measures some 30 feet in length.
2. Roman Abramovich
Aircraft: Boeing 767-33A ‘The Bandit’
Highly acclaimed Russian billionaire and oil magnet, Roman Abramovich, who amassed a mind boggling fortune with the privatization of the Russian oil industry, definitely knows how to fly in style. The owner of Chelsea Football Club, he owns a heavily modified Boeing 767-33A luxury aircraft, which is also known as ‘The Bandit,’ especially because of its cockpit paint detail. This magnificent luxury private jet features chestnut interiors and has even been elements of gold. Registered as ‘P4-MES,’ the Bandit is said to be one of safest aircrafts in the world, with the inclusion of defensive countermeasures as well as a military grade missile detection system. The aircraft has most often been seen parked at the Harrods Aviation facility at Stansted Airport in the U.K.
3. The Sultan of Brunei
Hailed as the world’s richest monarch, the head of the small oil rich nation of Brunei, The Sultan of Brunei is the proud owner of a lavish and luxury intensive private jet i.e. Boeing 747-430. This one of a kind aircraft was initially purchased by His Majesty through Lufthansa for an estimated $100 million. However, the Sultan later added yet another $120 million on the luxury aircraft to transform it into a transport befitting for Sultan. This particular Boeing 747-430 carries one of the most majestic interiors, which are inclusive of solid gold washbasins and the use of Lalique crystal. The Boeing aircraft is the biggest plane in the Sultan’s fleet, which is also composed of two Airbus A340s and one Boeing 767.
4. Jimmy Buffett
Aircraft: Grumman HU-16 Albatross ‘Hemisphere Dancer’
Owned by singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffet, the Grumman HU-16 Albatross, dubbed ‘Hemisphere Dancer’ has over the years reached legendary status and has now been officially retired from service. Purchased in the year 1990, Mr. Buffet has invested a lot of time and money in the restoration and maintenance of this vintage aircraft. Featuring serial number 137928 and civil registration number N928J, the Hemisphere Dancer made headlines in the year 1996, when it was shot at by Jamaican police who suspected the plane of smuggling drugs. At the time of the incident, the passengers included Jimmy Buffet and U2 frontman, Bono. This led to the creation of the popular Buffet song, ‘Jamaica Mistaica’. The Hemisphere Dancer was put to its paces on its owner’s 50th birthday, when Mr. Buffet along with his wife and three children, embarked on tour of the Caribbean, Central America and South America, which was later chronicled in his autobiography. The Hemisphere Dancer is currently set on display at Margaritaville in Orlando, Florida.
5. George W. Bush
Aircraft:Air Force One (Boeing VC-25)
Providing aerial transportation for the world’s most powerful man, the President of The United States isn’t a joke and this where Boeing VC-25 comes into action. Known across the globe as the legendary Air Force One, this heavily modified Boeing 747 acts only as a grand luxury private jet, a but is also considered to be the ‘White House on Wings’. The Air Force One provides the U.S President and other occupants with 4,000 square feet of floor space. The front of the aircraft has been converted into the aesthetics of the White House, where in the Presidential suite is composed of beds, shower, vanity, double sink, and a private office, which is equivalent to the Oval Office on land. The Air Force One carries a full medical crew, while being fully stocked with essential supplies and raw food materials. As far as security is concerned, Air Force One features some of the most state of the art attack countermeasures, encrypted as well as non-encrypted communication lines and has been designed to be shielded from the devastating effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), such as the ones generated during a nuclear detonation.
6. Mark Cuban
Aircraft: Boeing 767-277
Price: $144.1 million
Designed and developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a modified Boeing 767-277 is currently serving as a luxury private jet of American business magnate and investor Mark Cuban. This one of the most expensive aircraft is an upgrade to the Boeing 767 series and features luxurious interiors along with some impressive high performance figures. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and General Electric CF6 engines, this wonderful passenger bird successfully completed a nonstop transatlantic journey and attracted the attention of Mr. Cuban. The billionaire, who is also the owner of the incredibly famous National Basketball Association (NBA) team, Dallas Mavericks, modified the jet by installing custom-made seats, so as to provide a more comfortable accommodation to team’s tallest players.
7. Elvis Presley
Aircraft: Convair 880 ‘Lisa Marie’
Purchased by none other than the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley in the year 1975, Convair 800 has since been associated with luxury on wings. This wonderful luxury private jet nicknamed, ‘Lisa Marie’ was refurbished and its interiors were re-designed by a team of highly talented designers who had previously worked on the Air Force One. As per Elvis’s wishes, the Convair 800 was turned into an epitome of flying luxury, where in the seating capacity was reduced to 28 seats and a series of sleeping quarters were installed. Lisa Marie was also given a majestic master bedroom that came with a queen size bed, while the executive bathroom featured faucets made of gold along with a gold washbasin. Lisa Marie was incorporated with a conference room, fully complemented by a videotape system that was hooked to four televisions. Furthermore, to ensure that the aircraft was technologically a marvel of its era, Elvis had the designers install fifty two speakers. However, when it came to upholstery, Elvis chose the fabrics himself, as well as the audio visual system.
8. Bill Gates
Aircraft: Bombardier BD-700 Global Express
Price: $40 Million
Co-founder and chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Gates is best known for his unsurpassed genius and philanthropist activities. As the world’s second richest man and a high profile celebrity, it is no surprise that Mr. Gates has to travel a lot and that too long distance. For his travels, Bill Gates has at his disposal, one of the best luxury private jets in the world, a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express. This magnificent aircraft known as the Global 5000 carries the best of aviation technology and opulent luxury. The BD-700 carries wingspan of 94 feet and has maximum service ceiling of 51,000 feet. However, one of the most astounding facts about the BD-700 is that, the luxury business jet can fly up to 5,000 Nm (9,300 km) nonstop and can achieve a maximum speed of Mach 1, without breaking a sweat. The Bombardier BD-700 Global Express also features cutting edge Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite for enhanced performance and error free navigation.
9. Wayne Huizenga
Aircraft: de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter
Price: $2 Million
One of the foremost names in the U.S business circles, Wayne Huizenga, who turned the concept of waste management into a highly successful business empire is also said to be an avid aviation enthusiast. Mr. Huizenga owns a rather unusual private plane called “de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter.” This multi-role aircraft has been made immensely famous due to its high rate of climb and the fact it is a short take off & landing (STOL) aircraft. The DHC-6-320 is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34/35 engine and can easily accommodate up to 19 passengers. With a top speed of 314 km/h, the DHC-6-320 can achieve a maximum service ceiling of 25,000 feet and sports a 51 feet wingspan. The incredible twin rotor aircraft is also fitted with a state of art Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system.
10. Harrison Ford
Aircraft: Cessna 525B CJ3 Citation Jet
Harrison Ford, a name that shot to glory with the immensely successful Indiana Jones series and the Star Wars movie series, is not only a fabulous actor, but is also renowned for his piloting skills. Hence, it is no surprise that, Mr. Ford spends much of his spare time taking to the skies. For his aviation thrills, Harrison Ford has in his ownership a CJ3 Citation Jet, a wonderful luxury light corporate jet that provides the very best of aviation technology, coupled with style and comfort of a private jet. The CJ3 Citation Jet is powered by two Williams International FJ-44-3A turbofan engines and achieves a maximum service ceiling of 45,000 feet. This twin engine private jet has a maximum speed of 481 mph with a maximum range of 1875 nautical miles. The interiors of this magnificent aircraft have been provided with plush and comfortable seats, along with enough leg room for taller passengers. The interior has been designed in a six-place center club arrangement and the jet even comes with its very own refreshment center.
11. Sergey Brin & Larry Page
Aircraft: Boeing 767-200
Price: $25 Million (Approx.)
When the talk is about Google, no one expects the news to be small. This is exactly what founders and owners of Google Inc. Sergey Brin & Larry Page have now accomplished with the acquisition of a Boeing 767-200 luxury passenger jet. This particular luxury aircraft, which has been nicknamed as ‘Google Jet’ or ‘Google One’ by the online community is just part of the big news. The bombshell on the Silicon Valley was dropped, when it was revealed that, Google Jet has now acquired two years’ worth of landing rights at the prestigious Moffet Field. This particular runway is owned and operated by NASA and despite numerous attempts by various companies, has never been opened to the private aircrafts, until now. The Boeing 767-200 for the Google founders will be able to accommodate up to 50 people, while the plane itself is a used model that was purchased from Qantas. As per reports, Google One will be featuring two lavish staterooms, a large sitting and dining area, as well as some 15 first class seats. Though the initial purchase of the 767-200 stands at $15 million, yet it is expected to rise to a whopping $25 million with the refurbishing process.
12. Larry Ellison
Aircraft: Gulfstream V
Price: $59 Million
When you are the CEO and co-founder of Oracle Corporation, which is one of the biggest tech firms on the planet, then you most definitely can indulge in a few luxuries such as that of a private jet airplane. Larry Ellison is one such man who prefers to fly in style and hence has in his possession a marvelous Gulfstream V, a jet plane that is a perfect amalgamation of technology and comfort. The Gulfstream V is an ultra-long range business jet that has a maximum range of an astounding 11,000 km and can achieve a service ceiling of 51,000 feet. The Gulfstream V is capable of carrying up to 16 passengers, this magnificent private jet can easily cruise the skies at nearly Mach 1. Also known as the GV, this Gulfstream business jet with advances avionics is hailed as the world’s longest range business jet ever developed.
13. Oprah Winfrey
Aircraft: Bombardier Global Express XRS
Price: $42 Million
One of the biggest celebrity faces in the U. S, Oprah Winfrey, who is also a known philanthropist, takes care of her travel need in style, with the acquisition of a Global Express XRS VIP business jet. This particular luxury private has been infused with higher cruise speed, increased range as well as improved cabin layout and lighting. The XRS variant owned by Oprah was custom designed by Bombardier Aersospace, where in the seating has been limited to only ten passengers, while making room for other in-flight luxury amenities. Furthermore, the Global Express XRS interiors have been fabricated in leather, while the aircraft sports designer fixtures for the bathroom and galley. The Global Express XRS is powered by twin Rolls-Royce BR710 engines and can attain a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet, with a cruising speed of Mach 0.89.
14. Rupert Murdoch
Aircraft: Boeing Business Jet
Price: $47 Million to $310 Million
Renowned billionaire and media mogul, Rupert Murdoch is not only known for his fabulous wealth and cunning business skills, but is also greatly admired for his lavish lifestyle. Of his magnificent assets, the one that stands out the most is a fleet of luxury business jets that are prepped to serve Mr. Murdoch at his beck and call. One of these private jets is the ultra-luxurious Boeing 737, which is also known as the Boeing Business Jet. This particular aircraft is capable of accommodating up to 50 passengers and has even been given additional fuel tanks for intercontinental range. The Boeing 737 has been heavily modified for private jet comforts, where in this luxury aircraft features a master bedroom, a washroom with showers, a conference/dining area, and a living area. This magnificent aircraft is manned by a crew of four and has a maximum service ceiling of 41,000 feet. Powered by two CFM International CFM56-7 turbofan engines, the Boeing 737 can achieve 890 km/h of top speed and can travel up to 11,000 km.
15. John Travolta
Aircraft: Boeing 707-138
One of the foremost names in Hollywood, John Travolta, who is not only renowned for some of his blockbuster performances such as in ‘Broken Arrow’, but is also considered to be one of the most experienced celebrity pilots. Mr. Travolta for aviation thrills owns and flies a modified Boeing 707-138 passenger aircraft, which the actor acquired in the year 1998 from Australian carrier, Qantas. He changed the registration of the aircraft to N707JT “707 Jett Clipper Ella”, wherein Jett and Ella represent the names of his son and daughter. John Travolta, who is also an honorary pilot at Qantas Airways, brought the aircraft to Australia in the year 2002 to participate in the Qantas ‘Spirit of Friendship Tour’. Soon after, he began his thirteen city tour, piloting the 707 and covered an astounding 35,000 miles. As Mr. Travolta is the Ambassador-At-Large for Qantas, his 707-138 has been given original Qantas “V-Jet” livery paintwork.
16. Paul Allen
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Price: $100 Million
If the chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates flies in a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express, then the company’s co-founder, Paul Allen is also near the sesame luxury threshold with his very own Boeing 757-200. This extremely luxurious 757-200 is a luxury private jet in its own class, where in Mr. Allen had the aircraft modified to seat just 43 individuals. The aircraft is powered by twin Rolls Royce engines and the entire interior of the 757 carries elements of gold, including the seat belts. For personal entertainment, the plush chairs are embedded with personal TV screens, while the craft is fitted with a multiplex movie system that can store up to 1,000 movies and 2,500 CDs. The heavily modified 757-200 even comes with a guest room, a master bedroom, along with an attached luxury bathroom. Mr. Allen’s Boeing 757-200 was recently acquired by billionaire Donald Trump, who is currently retrofitting the aircraft as per his tastes.
17. Jim Carrey
Aircraft: Gulfstream V
Price: $59 Million
The funny man of Hollywood, Jim Carrey, besides having the ability to tickle your funny bone, is also avid aviation enthusiasts, which is quite visible with his own luxury private jet in the form of the remarkable Gulfstream V. With a highly experienced crew of two and advanced state of the art avionics, the Gulfstream V is one of the highest performance and safety intensive private jets in the world. This magnificent aircraft boats of an ultra-long range of an astounding 12,000 and can accommodate up to 16 passengers. The Gulfstream V has a service ceiling of 51,000 feet and a cruise near the speed of sound. Jim Carrey is currently offering his Gulfstream V on a charter model, where in interested individuals can take a ride in the aircraft for a whopping $8,000 an hour.
18. Tom Cruise
Aircraft: Gulfstream IV
Price: $36 Million
Designed and developed by Gulfstream Aerospace, Gulfstream IV, considered to be one of the finest private jets is a proud asset of Tom Cruise. The man from Top Gun and Mission Impossible series love to fly and given that he has prior flying experience, it is no surprise that Tom chose to acquire the stunningly elegant Gulfstream IV. This magnificent business jet is manned by a crew of two and can accommodate up to 19 passengers in extreme comfort. The aircraft has a maximum range of 7,820 km and can climb to an altitude of 45,000 feet. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8 engines, the Gulfstream IV can achieve a maximum speed of Mach 0.80.