Having the financial means to own a private plane is, indeed, a fantasy for many of us. For some, however, the desire to own and operate a plane is a full-fledged reality. Celebrities, like other wealthy individuals, put their money into very large, very luxurious toys; and here are three of America’s rich and famous who possess a love of flying, and have oversized playthings to prove it.
Bill Gates is a business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist and is the 2nd richest man in the world with a net worth of over $84 billion. This genius, in his own right, travels the world due to a variety of philanthropic ventures; and owning his Bombardier BD-700 Global Express, since 2009, is the perfect way to reach every destination in any corner of the planet, at any time.
Another name for this plane is the Global 5000 which combines the utmost in aviation technology and luxurious amenities that will pamper up to 19 passengers. Up to 6,327 nautical miles can be covered without stopping; and this plane travels at a top speed of 590 mph. To enjoy this type of travel, all one needs to do is come up with $50 million! A few things one would view or experience on Gates’ Global 5000 would be the conference room, bar facilities, personal chef, and luxurious lounge seating.
Golfer extraordinaire with an estimated fortune of more than $1 billion, Tiger Woods, is the proud owner of a Gulfstream G550. His passion and his profession involve frequent golf tournaments which means he might need to travel continually between states and foreign countries. The current value of Mr. Woods’ plane is a whopping $53 million; and this style plane is known for its luxury design.
The Gulfstream G550 can travel, continuously, for 12 hours at a cruising altitude of 51,000 feet. Up to 18 passengers can make themselves very comfortable in this ‘home-away-from-home’, who can jet off to any course in the world on a whim.
John Travolta not only owns a plane, he flies his own plane – or should we say, seven planes! John Travolta has more than 35,000 flying miles under his professional belt as a pilot. Yes, this mega-star babies seven aircraft with lots of TLC. One of these planes is a Qantas Boeing 707 which can be seen landing on one of his two private runways that lead directly to his front door of his sprawling mansion residence.
Mr. Travolta’s aviation-community property, located in the Jubolair Aviation Estates in Ocala, Florida serves as a functional airport for all his aircraft; and one could, at any time, find a Challenger jet parked in his backyard. The Challenger was used to fly Mr. Travolta to the Toronto Film Festival to promote his, then, new movie, The Forger, released in 2014. The aviation community where Mr. Travolta resides allows homeowners to land their planes on personal property as well as taxi up to the homes’ front doors!
Access to wealth often leads to the path of excess; and whether it is Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, John Travolta, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Magic Johnson, Warren Buffett or other fabulously wealthy people, they all have one common thread: they all own some of the most expensive private aircraft on the market!