A private jet (also known as a business jet) is an aircraft designed for use by the rich and famous. That's right, the plane is usually a lot smaller than a regular international airplane and mostly used for transporting small groups of people across the country or, in some cases, overseas. Such planes are usually used by government officials or the armed forces, however, anybody with a little bit of cash can get their hands on one, with celebrities all over the world cashing in on this luxurious method of transport.
In fact, having your own private jet is the new thing to do, with some celebs even going as far as customizing their incredible machines. Those with money go all out when it comes to their private jets, with some aircraft resembling that of a medium-sized apartment. Plus, for some, one aircraft is simply not enough, with some people owning entire fleets of customized airplanes ready to jump in and fly away. Some people have all the luck.
Yes, owning a private plane is the number one symbol of success and, most importantly, wealth, with celebrities all over the world documenting their high expenses on social media. Imagine just driving to a personal airport and hopping on your personal plane. Life would be so much easier.
Let's take a look 20 custom private jets that are just messed up.
20 Celine Dion's Bombardier BD 700 Global Express
It seems as if Celine Dion has been around forever, with her musical career spanning a number of decades. However, these days, Dion can be found hamming it up in Vegas, selling out shows each night and remaining the queen of ballads. As a result of her success, Dion is one of the richest female singers in the world and has the plane to prove it. Yes, the Bombardier BD 700 Global Express (the same plane that Bill Gates owns) is one of the best private jets in the business and certainly costs a lot, too. The plane is said to be around $42 million dollars but can also be chartered for $8,000 per hour.
19 Lewis Hamilton's Bombardier Challenger 605
Lewis Hamilton has everything you could ever dream of, from luxurious cars to model girlfriends. However, it is his plane (the Bombardier Challenger 605 private jet) that causes the most attention, mostly due to its iconic color. Hamilton is currently the 14th highest paid athlete in the world, so it is no surprise to see that he has gone all out when it comes to his private jet. Yes, the plane, which cost a whopping $21 million dollars, takes him all over the world, with the vibrant red wrapping difficult to miss. Furthermore, the registration number (G-LCDH) is also personal and stands for Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton.
18 Jackie Chan's Embraer Legacy 650
Jackie Chan is one of the most recognizable actors in the world and is most famous for his award-winning action movies. Over the years, Chan has collected a number of expensive and extravagant aircraft and now has one of the best fleets in showbiz. Chan's first private plane was the Legacy 650 private jet which was customized to feature a dragon on the fuselage with Chan's log on the tail. Speaking of his love for the plane, Chan recently stated, "My Legacy 650 has brought me fantastic traveling experiences and great convenience. It has allowed me to do more acting and philanthropic works around the world."
17 Harrison Ford's Cessna Citation Sovereign
Harrison Ford is the kind of actor that seems to have been around forever. Over the years, he has collected a number of expensive and exotic methods of transportation, from interesting automobiles, motorcycles, and boats. However, it is his private plane collection that really shows off his wealth. Yes, Ford owns a few planes, with the Cessna Citation Sovereign the highlight of his fleet. The plane can seat twelve passengers as well as two crew members and is currently the third largest aircraft in the Citation product line. Ford also owns a Beechcraft B36TC Bonanza, a DHC-2 Beaver, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, a Bell 407 Helicopter, a silver and yellow PT-22, an Aviat A-1B Husky, and a 1929 Vintage Waco Taperwing.
16 Morgan Freeman's Emivest SJ30
Morgan Freeman is more than just a great actor, he is also a fantastic pilot. That's right, Freeman, who used to work as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman for the United Air Force, has a whopping three personal aircrafts: a Cessna Citation 501, a Cessna 414 twin-engine prop, and a long-range Emivest SJ30, all of which cost him a small fortune. However, although he was an airplane repairman, Freeman didn't get is actual piloting license until he was 65 years old. These days, Freeman can be found piloting his jets all over the world and has no plans to stop.
15 Jay-Z's Bombardier Challenger 850
Jay-Z is one of the wealthiest rappers in the world and therefore, it comes as no surprise to see that he owns his own personal private jet, as well as numerous other exotic and expensive vehicles. However, the world-famous musician didn't purchase the plane with his own money but was gifted the jet by his (probably more famous) wife, Beyoncé. That's right, Jay-Z received the plane for Father's Day back in 2012, not long after the birth of the duo's first child, Blue Ivy. The plane was reported to have cost Beyoncé a whopping $40 million dollars, although it's not as if she's short of cash, either.
14 Jim Carrey's Gulfstream V
Jim Carrey has made a lot of money over the years and has invested that cash into a rather expensive purchase. That's right, Carrey is now the proud owner of a Gulfstream V, a plane that is certainly one of a kind. The private jet, which costs a whopping $59 million dollars, is one of just 193 in the world and are mostly used in the military, although John Travolta and Tom Cruise are also proud owners of the mighty aircraft. Furthermore, the plane is fast and can reach speeds of up to 600 miles per hour and can also seat 16 passengers and two crew members. Yes, this plane really is the bee's knees.
13 Angelina Jolie's Cirrus SR22
Who knew Angelina Jolie liked to fly? Yes, Jolie is a most definitely an aviation addict and is often pictured in the cockpit of her very own plane. In fact, Jolie received her flying license in 2004 and hasn't looked back since. That's right, not long after passing her test, Jolie bought her first private aircraft, the Cirrus SR22-G2, a plane that cost $350,000 and can reach whopping speeds. The plane also features the initials of her eldest son, Maddox, who has also expressed interest in learning how to fly and following in the footsteps of his adventurous actress of a mother.
12 Taylor Swift's Dassault- Breguet Mystere Falcon 900
What do you get the girl that has everything? A plane, of course! Although, Taylor Swift is now so extremely rich that she managed to purchase the pricey method of transport with her own hard earned cash. The plane is a Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900 and cost the pop star a whopping $40 million dollars. Plus, just to make it that little bit better, the plane is personalized with the number "13" painted on its nose. The number is Swift's lucky number, with Swift stating, "I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first number one song had a 13-second intro, every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter."
11 Air Force One
Air Force One is probably one of the most famous private jets in the world, along with Air Force Two, of course. Air Force One is technically any plane that the President of the United States is on although when the President is not on a plane, it is generally this Boeing 747-8. Over the years, the plane has carried some of the most important people in the world. Obviously, the plane is kitted out with the latest technology and incredible features and is certainly one of the most glamorous planes in the business. For instance, the plane has a conference room, a dining room, a personal bedroom and bathroom for the president and sizeable offices for senior staff. Plus, the plane also has an oval office!
10 Bill Gates' Bombardier BD-700 Global Express
Bill Gates has been on the richest people in the world list for what seems like forever, so it comes as no surprise to see that he has one of the nicest places in the world, too. Yes, the private jet (which is the same model as Celine Dion's private aircraft) is more like a tiny home. The plane, which Gates refers to as his "guilty pleasure," cost around $40 dollars, pocket money for the Microsoft founder. Furthermore, the plane seats a whopping 19 people and features a bedroom, two bathrooms, a lounge, and a makeshift kitchen with a fully stocked bar. Nice!
9 Oprah Winfrey's Gulf 650
Oprah Winfrey must be running out of things to buy, but she's certainly not running out of cash. Yes, Winfrey is one of the richest women in the world and has the most lavish and incredible private aircraft to prove it. That's right, Winfrey is the proud owner of the Gulf 650 private jet, a plane that costs a whopping $70 million dollars. Overall, the plane can seat up to 14 people and is considered to be the best private plane on the market. In addition to a private jet, Winfrey also owns a yacht, countless cars, and several houses. Alright for some!
8 Michael Jordan's The Flying Sneaker
Michael Jordan is one of the most famous sportsmen in the world and is most probably the best basketball player to have ever graced the court. As a result of his success, Jordan has a number of extravagant items, from lavish houses to expensive vehicles. However, it is his private plane that has caused the most attention, mostly due to its aesthetics. The plane, which is a Gulfstream G-IV, resembles one of Jordan's iconic sneaker designs and was done purposefully with this in mind. Yes, Jordan wrapped his plane in the same design colors as his brand, causing the plane to be nicknamed, The Flying Sneaker.
7 Tom Cruise's Gulfstream IV
Of course Tom Cruise has a private jet; I mean, why wouldn't he? That's right, the Hollywood megastar is the proud owner of a Gulfstream IV, one of the nicest private aircraft on the block. The jet, also known as the G4, is a common choice amongst the rich and the famous and can often be seen on the big screen. In fact, the plane is so popular, that a number of A-listers across the globe have also chosen to purchase it, with Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay both counted among owners. Overall, the plane costs a whopping $35 million but can be bought for $24 million pre-owned.
6 Mark Cuban's Boeing Business
Mark Cuban is rich, so rich that he owns the NBA Dallas Mavericks and is also one of the main "shark" investors on the popular television series, Shark Tank. As a result, Cuban has made a number of extravagant purchases over the last few years, and in 1999 he somehow managed to land himself into the Guinness Book of World Records. That's right, back in 1999, Cuban bought a Boeing Business Jet, based on the 737, online for a whopping $40 dollars. The purchase became the largest single-e-commerce transaction in the world and a record that Cuban still holds to this day.
5 John Travolta's House Is An Airport
John Travolta is known for this love of planes, therefore, it comes as no surprise to see that he owns a number of them. That's right, Travolta loves planes so much that he even has his own runway. Yes, Travolta's house is basically an airport and has several planes parked outside to prove it. Plus, he actually works for an airline and has been a fully qualified pilot for Qantas for the last few years. That's right, Travolta really is an aviation addict and recently declared his love for planes stating, "I’ve been really able to operate out of this house for business and personal reasons. It’s been the best years, in terms of my personal dreams coming true. Being part of an airline, part of aviation… at a magnitude like Qantas. They're the best airline in the world, they have the best safety record, the best service, and to be part of that and to be allowed in… it's a privilege."
4 Tyler Perry's Gulfstream III
Tyler Perry is a man of all trades and has his fingers in many pies. That's right, from actor to producer and director, you name it and Perry has done it. Therefore, it seems obvious that a man of such talent also makes a fair bit of many, hence the private airplane. Yes, Perry currently owns a Gulfstream III, a plane that costs over $100 million dollars. The personal jet features a number of cool and interesting features such as a private dining room, a modern kitchen, a bedroom, and a 42-inch HD LCD screen. Plus, Perry recently had a customized theatre built along with special lighting and window shades.
3 Tiger Woods' Gulfstream G550
Tiger Woods is probably the most famous golfer in the world as well as arguably the best golfer to have existed on the planet. As a result of his success, Woods has managed to make a fair bit of money and has spent his earnings on some interesting and extravagant purchases. For instance, Wood recently bought a Gulfstream G550, a plane that cost him a whopping $55 million dollars. The plane is extremely modern and features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a walk-in wardrobe. Plus, the plane can seat up 18 people with a dining room to match the rest of its opulent luxury.
2 Richard Branson's Falcon 900EX
Richard Branson is so rich that he even owns his own private island. So, how do you think he gets there? On his personal private jet, of course. In fact, Branson actually owns his own airline (Virgin Atlantic) and technically owns a whole host of different aircraft operating all over the world. However, he also has a number of personal jets to his name, with the Dassault Falcon 900EX, otherwise known as the Galactic Girl, his personal favorite. Nevertheless, it seems the skies aren't satisfying enough for Branson, who is now working towards space tourism. That's right, Branson is a long-time space nerd and has been attempting to construct a space tourism flight for a number of years. Here's hoping!
1 Roman Abramovich's Boeing 767-33AER
Roman Abramovich is the current owner of the soccer team, Chelsea Football Club, and is known for being extremely rich. That's right, Abramovich is super rich and has a number of expensive cars, boats, houses and planes to prove it. In fact, Abramovich has three Boeing jets, with each one that little bit different from the rest to make it stand out as worthwhile. However, it's his Boeing 767-33AER that cements itself as his most prized possession, mostly due to the huge banquet hall onboard. Furthermore, the plane seats up to 30 people and also provides guest bedrooms with double beds and leather chairs.
Sources: Marketwatch, MBSF Private Jets, and Wikipedia.