They fly high with their fame and fortune. These celebrities also make sure that they
get to soar up in the air literally in their own planes. Here are the top 10 celebrities
with the nicest private jets.
10. Jim Carrey, Gulfstream V
Jim Carrey has brought slapstick back into the forefront of comedy spiels. He can trip
all over the place, make faces and shout punch lines in a loud voice, but all to good
effect. From “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” to “Dumb and Dumber” and “The Mask,”
he has proven his comedic talent. More than that, however, he has also gotten
critical acclaim, earning nominations for his performances in “Liar, Liar” and “Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He also received Golden Globes for his lead roles in
the movies “The Truman Show” and “Man on the Moon.” He is also the proud owner
of the Gulfstream V, one of the highest performance jets in the world known for all
its safety features. It can gain speed of nearly up to the speed of sound and can
comfortably accommodate up to 16 passengers. Carrey reportedly shelled out $59
million for this private plane.
9. John Travolta, Boeing 707-138
John Travolta first burst into the scene in the 70’s with roles in movies like “Saturday
Night Fever,” “Grease” and “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.” He was also part of
the television sitcom called “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He suffered a dry spell in the
80’s, however, before bouncing back big time through the Quentin Tarantino classic
“Pulp Fiction.” Travolta has always been known to be nuts for flying, having logged
more than 30,000 miles on his own. He is an honorary pilot of Qantas, the Australian
airline. And while other rich and famous people build huge garages for their car
collection, Travolta had one made for his private jet.
8. Elvis Presley, Convair 880
He was the King of Rock and Roll and is considered to be the best selling solo
artist of all time. Elvis Presley’s success has crossed genres and he has charted in
different music charts, be it rock, country, gospel, blues or pop. During his career, he
won three Grammy Awards, aside from being given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
And The King made sure he would travel like royalty, purchasing a Convair 880
that he christened as Lisa Marie, the name of his daughter. The plane featured a
master’s bedroom, bathroom with gold tub and faucets, several sleeping quarters,
conference room and a state-of-the-art audio-video system.
7. Oprah Winfrey, Bombardier Global Express XRS
Oprah Winfrey is the Queen of Talk. Whenever celebrities or famous people have
something to confess or talk about, they would invariably get Winfrey as their
interviewer. She has earned her reputation brought about by years in the business.
Whatever she endorses usually turns into a surefire blockbuster hit. Tom Cruise
made an awkward confession of his love for Katie Holmes on Winfrey’s show. Lance
Armstrong finally admitted to his drug use also on her show. All these shuttling around getting celebrities to talk means that she needs a reliable private jet to fly her around the country. Her Bombardier Global Express XRS can accommodate up to 10 passengers. The bathroom has designer fixtures. Powered by twin Rolls Royce engines, it can reach an altitude of 51,000 feet.
6. Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Boeing 767-200
Sergey Brin and Larry Page are the founders of Google, the search engine that
made them immensely wealthy beyond belief. They have a Boeing 767-200 that they
have christened as Google One or Google Jet. They were able to purchase landing
rights in NASA’s exclusive Moffet Field, something that has not been granted to any
private individual before.
5. Bill Gates, Bombardier BD-700 Global Express
Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft, the company that gave us the operating
system that allows personal computers to run. Though it is not deemed as cool as
Apple or as cutting edge as Android, it cannot be denied that it was Microsoft that
brought the use of computers into the mainstream. Gates is now a philanthropist,
giving away money to improve the standards of education and health worldwide. He
owns a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express, a plane that can travel at the speed
of sound with a range of up to 9,300 kilometers. It also has a cutting-edge avionics
suite that helps improve performance and limits navigation errors.
4. Jay-Z, Bombardier Challenger 850 Learjet
Jay-Z is one of the richest and most influential male musicians of our time. He is
also married to Beyoncé, one of the richest and most influential female musicians of
our time. The latter gave a Bombardier Challenger 850 Learjet to her husband. It is
outfitted with a living room furnished with cream leather, two bathrooms, bedroom
3. Tom Cruise, Gulfstream IV
Tom Cruise is one of the most successful actors ever. He has starred in blockbusters
like the “Mission Impossible” series and has portrayed critically acclaimed roles in
“Born on the Fourth of July” and “Magnolia.” One of his first hits was the blockbuster
from the 80’s entitled “Top Gun” where he played a topnotch naval fighter jet pilot.
This probably triggered his love for planes as he now has his own Gulfstream IV.
It can accommodate up to 19 passengers and has state-of-the-art furnishings.
Powered by twin Rolls Royce engines, it has a range of 7,820 kilometers and can
rise up to 45,000 feet, all while going at Mach 0.80.
2. Mark Cuban, Boeing 767-277
Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball
Association. He earned his wealth during the dotcom boom in the 90’s, creating
Audionet, the company that became Broadcast.com. This was then sold to Yahoo for
$5.9 billion in 1999. Known for spoiling his players with the latest gadgets and softest
towels in the locker room, Cuban bought a Boeing 767-277 for the team. He even had custom seats installed to accommodate the tallest players.
1. Donald Trump, Boeing 727-23
Donald Trump is a business and investment mogul. He bought the Boeing 727-23
plane from Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. He then had it furnished with
leather armchairs, televisions, gold-plated seatbelts and Waterford crystal lamps.
The exterior features the Trump logo in 23-carat gold.
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