To some people, owning a car is enough. Some are content with cheap models, while some dream of sports cars. But, to the wealthy, just having a car is not enough. They want to travel in style and conveniently, no matter where they go. So what is their favorite mode of transportation? Flight via private jets!
Having a private jet indicates status, importance, and well, wealth. So, who among the celebrities owns a private jet? Airly’s inaugural JetList lists private jets owned by famous individuals ordered by price at the time of purchase.
Here they are:
Gulfstream GIV – Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is one of the highest-paid actors in the whole world. So, it is not surprising to see him here. The actor owns a Gulfstream IV, which he bought for $36 M.
The 1998 Gulfstream is a twinjet aircraft designed by Gulfstream Aerospace and General Dynamics. In this model, they redesigned Gulfstream III’s wing structure for weight reduction. As a result, it got an aerodynamic wing that reduced cruise drag and increased range.
With this jet, Tom Cruise can fly to set and back home as quickly as possible. He can also let 19 of his closest friends fly with him. Money well spent!
What makes this old-school model is how well it pairs with Tom Cruise’s classic P-51 Mustang. It shows how much the actor loves nostalgia and aviation.
Jay Z – Challenger 850
All of us love receiving a present. Whether it is for Christmas or for our birthdays, it makes the day feel more special. Some people receive the newest iPhone or gaming console. Meanwhile, some receive a car or even a house. But, this one has to top all of that.
In 2012, Beyonce gifted her husband Jay Z a Challenger 850 for Father’s Day. That is a whole private jet! She reportedly paid $40 M for the aircraft.
Now, this is not your average Challenger. The Challenger 850 is the largest of the Challenger range. It can accommodate up to 19 passengers. Also, some of its seats can be converted into beds. Furthermore, it has two bathrooms in the cabin. Regarding its speed, the Challenger 850 has a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.80.
They stopped production of the Bombardier Challenger 850 in 2015. That makes the gift more special.
Jackie Chan – Embraer Legacy 500 & 650
Chinese actor, director, and martial artist Jackie Chan is a brand ambassador of the Brazillian airplane maker Embraer Aerospace. He took delivery of an Embraer Legacy 650 in 2012. Four years later, he took another delivery. That time it was the Embraer Legacy 500 that he received. It was the first Embraer Legacy 500 delivered to a Chinese customer.
The celebrity said the Legacy 650 had brought him a “fantastic traveling experience and convenience.” So, he expects the Legacy 500, which he described as a state-of-the-art executive jet, to exceed his expectations.
According to Embraer, Jackie Chan will continue using his Legacy 650 for transoceanic flights. On the other hand, he will use the Legacy 500 for shorter trips.
The actor purchased his Legacy 650 for $30 M and the Legacy 500 for $20 M.
Jim Carrey – Gulfstream V
Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and artist also owns one of the most expensive private jets bought by a celebrity. He reportedly paid $59 M for his Gulfstream V.
The Gulfstream V is a state-of-the-art 16 passenger private jet. It is also known as one of the highest performing and safety intensive private jets in the world. In addition to that, the Gulfstream V is capable of reaching speeds near the speed of sound.
When not using his 1998 private jet, Jim Carrey makes it available for rent. If you want to experience riding it, prepare a lot of money. He charges $8,000 per hour.
Oprah Winfrey – Gulfstream g650
Known for her talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She was dubbed the “Queen of All Media.” Of course, such a royalty deserves to have a notable steed – or in this case, a private jet.
The wealthiest African-American of the 20th Century has a Bombardier Global Express XRS, which is estimated to be worth $42 million. But, like other celebrities, she upgraded to the “latest and greatest” jets. She purchased a Gulfstream g650 for $70 M.
Kylie Jenner – Bombardier Global 7500
When talking about money, expect Kylie Jenner to be on the list. She topped the Instagram Rich List two times, after all. The star seems to have a craving for luxury and extravagance. She purchased a Bombardier Global 7500 for $72 M.
The Global 7500 is the world’s largest and longest-range business jet. It features four living spaces, a kitchen, and a dedicated crew suit. It is like a flying house. Indeed, this is a “top-shelf” purchase.
Donald Trump – Boeing 757
Ex-US president Donald Trump is the owner of the fourth most expensive private jet bought by a celebrity. He has a Boeing 757, which he purchased from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2011. He reportedly paid $100 M for the aircraft.
The Boeing 757 is normally a jetliner. But, this one is special as it was refurbished and repurposed as a private jet.
Trump’s Boeing 757 is also the 8th most expensive plane in the world. No surprise, he decorated it with 24-carat gold figures.
Bill Gates – 2 Gulfstream 650ERs
If the Microsoft co-founder had a jet that cost that much, of course, the founder would have something of more value. At first, airly was surprised to see that Bill Gates only owns a single Global Express. That plane is estimated to cost $40 M. But, they found that Gates with his foundation owned more after more digging. They own 2 Gulfstream 650ER private jets, which are $70 M each.
Mark Cuban – Various
The American billionaire entrepreneur who owns the Dallas Mavericks basketball team takes the number 2 spot on this list. He does not have a single private jet. Instead, he has a fleet!
Like Carrey, he also owns a Gulfstream V. Though he paid less for his ($40 M), it was the largest internet transaction at the time. After that, he added two Boeing Business Jets to his hangar. His basketball team uses one of them while he makes the other available for charter.
In total, his collection was valued at more than $280 M.
John Travolta – Various
American actor John Travolta took flying lessons and got his flying license at 23. Now, he owns a fleet of planes. He has a vintage Boeing 707, Challenger 601, and EA500. But those are just three of his 6 – 11 aircraft. Travolta’s collection was so immense Airly was not able to get a combined value of his fleet.
Clearly, the actor is a lover of aviation!