Being a celebrity comes with its share of pretty sweet perks. After all, part of the reason that famous people are constantly in the news is because they’re often making some lavish purchase. Whether it’s a new mansion, an expensive car or a yacht used for vacation purposes, the public wants to know about it. It’s also no secret that celebrities like to travel in style, which is why several celebs have their own private jets. Some of these aircrafts have been purchased with their own money, and others have been given to the celebrities as gifts (by other rich people, of course).
When you have a private jet, taking a family vacation is likely a lot more fun. It can also be more exciting to go on a romantic date, or simply to meet up with friends for the day. Celebrities probably also get a kick out of the fact that their relatives and associates can’t help but be impressed when they see a private jet landing. Having your own jet makes traveling a lot more comfortable as well. Why deal with cramped airplane seats and screaming babies when you don’t have to? Here are 10 celebrities who own their own jets.
10 Sergey Brin and Larry Page
9 Bill Gates
8 Mark Cuban
7 Elvis Presley
6 Donald Trump
Donald Trump hasn’t been holding his tongue these days, and has made some pretty offensive comments during his presidential campaigning. As a result, he may not have as many friends who want to ride on his 23-passenger Boeing 727-23. Then again, Mark Cuban may want to travel with Donald Trump, since Cuban did state that Trump is “the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time.” Interesting.
Trump’s aircraft is worth $100 million, and Trump actually purchased the used aircraft from Paul Allen, who is the co-founder of Microsoft. Of course, Trump made some renovations to the jet, including painting his name on the side of the jet, in 23-carat gold, covering the seats with leather and adding personal TVs to the aircraft.
5 Tom Cruise
Rapper and businessman Jay-Z got a private jet as a gift from his wife Beyonce. We’re guessing this is what you get for the man who has everything. Jay-Z’s Bombardier Challenger 850 Learjet is worth $40 million, and is pretty much a small house in the sky. The jet has a living room complete with leather furniture, a bedroom, a kitchen and two bathrooms. Since Jay-Z and Beyonce are often traveling the world for concert tours, important meetings and celebrity appearances, you have to admit that such a cushy jet is kind of practical, especially when they’ve got their young daughter Blue Ivy in tow.
3 Jim Carrey
Funny guy Jim Carrey has certainly come a long way since he was cast in the 1990s variety show, In Living Color. His continued work in Hollywood in films like Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty and Ace Ventura Pet Detective, has certainly paid off. He now owns a Gulfstream V. This plane is one of the safest private jets in the world, and is also known for its high performance. Carrey can enjoy a trip on his jet with 15 of his closest friends, and the group is likely to get to their destination in record time. The Gulfstream V travels almost as quickly as the speed of sound.
2 John Travolta
The veteran actor is the proud owner of a Boeing 707-138. The aircraft must be worth quite a lot, since information on the price is not easily disclosed. The jet is parked at his Florida home, and if he and his family want to take a trip to Orlando, their destination is just 10 minutes away once they get in the aircraft. Travolta also owns four other planes, and is an honorary pilot for Qantas, an Australian aircraft company. The 60-year-old actor has flown over 35,000 miles on his own, so it’s likely that his family and friends are comfortable flying with him.
1 Oprah Winfrey
Of course, the undisputed queen of media and owner of the OWN Network has a private aircraft. It’s obvious that her long stint on The Oprah Winfrey Show paid off in more ways than one. Winfrey’s customized jet was designed by Bombardier Aerospace and seats 10 passengers. The seats are made from the finest leather, and there are even designer fixtures in the bathroom to make the ride in the jet especially luxurious. Oprah Winfrey’s jet can attain an altitude of 51,000 feet, and is powered by twin Rolls Royce engines. The aircraft is worth $42 million, and is certainly not a bad way to travel to meetings and vacations.