Anyone who’s ever flown coach would purchase a private jet, given the opportunity. Celebrity Jets prices range anywhere from $3 to $100 million, and they require a yearly $500,000 to maintain, on average. These celebrities, coming from different fields and backgrounds, have reached that ultimate elite status only available to a few lucky people. Take a look at some of the most astonishingly expensive private aircrafts ever owned by celebrities.
Number One: Elvis Presley’s Convair 880
Presley’s Convair 880 was so special he even gave it a name: Lisa Marie (after his daughter.) The interiors were completely refurbished and re-desined to his taste and needs. The plane can accommodate 28 guests and it counts with some rooms with beds, 52 speakers and 4 televisions. The main bathroom’s faucets are made of gold and the plane is equipped with a conference room. The $2.7 million plane is no longer in use, and remains a touristic attraction.
Number Two: Larry Page and Sergey Brin – Boeing 767-200
Larry Page and Sergey Brin co-founded Google in ’98. Their company’s fleet counts with eight jets – one of them is a Boeing 767-200, normally used for commercial flights due to its size and passenger capacity. In ’14, NASA granted Google permission to use historic Moffett Field’s runways and hangars on a $1.2 billion lease. The price of the jet is around $25 million.
Number Three: Tom Cruise’s Gulfstream IV
Tom Cruise’s jet collection (yes, a collection) comprises 5 different planes. His hyper-luxurious Gulfstream IV is the cherry on the cake, although his personal favorite is a vintage P-51 Mustang used on WWII. Top Gun shaped him to such an extent he even got a pilot license for himself. Not only does Tom Cruise fly his own jets, he even hangs off flying planes occasionally. His Gulfstream was a whopping $36 million.
Number Four: Jay-Z – Bombardier Challenger 850 Learjet
The rapper owns a Bombardier Challenger 850 Learjet, a Father’s Day gift from Beyoncé. The jet comes with all sorts of amenities: a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom and two full bathrooms. Not bad. They couple has already put the plane to good use, as they often board it to go on family getaways. Beyoncé spent $40 million on it.
Number Five: Bill Gates – Bombardier BD-700 Global Express
Bill Gates is usually not one for over-the-top luxurious commodities, but he does love traveling in style. And he has to travel a lot, too. Gates has called his Bombardier BD-700 Global Express his “guilty pleasure.” The ultra-long jet seats 19 people and it’s designed to fly long, intercontinental distances non-stop. Specifically, it’s capable of flying 5,000 Nm (9,300 km) without refuel. Pretty impressive, like its price: $40 million.
Number Six: Celine Dion – Bombardier BD-700 Express
Celine Dion purchased her own jet due to her constant need to travel abroad for tours and promotions. The plane seats up to 10 people and it’s intended to fly long distances without any refuel. Her luxurious aircraft, a Bombardier BD-700 Express, is worth $42 million.
Number Seven: Oprah Winfrey – Bombardier Global Express XRS
The TV host who once gave away 276 G6 sedans sometimes gives little presents to herself, too—like her $42 million Bombardier Global Express XRS. The plane was custom designed for Oprah with an improved layout and lighting. The interiors are fabricated in leather, and it counts with all sorts of luxurious amenities. “It’s great to have a private jet. Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn’t great is lying to you.”
Number Eight: Donald Trump’s Boeing 757
The president owns a Boeing 757, normally used for commercial flights. Except it doesn’t look like a commercial aircraft at all: marble bathroom, leather armchairs, silk pillows, gold-plated seatbelts and Waterford crystal lamps are some of the opulent amenities found inside the plane. The jet’s exterior counts with a 23-carat gold logo. The price? Around $100 million.
Number Nine: John Travolta
Travolta is the end-all, be-all of private jet owners. The quintessential celebrity flyer. Not only does the actor own 5 planes, he also has two private runways right in his backyard. His planes are literally sitting right next to his swimming pool. Travolta has a long aviation history—he is a certified pilot and has extensive flying experience. The estimated price of his collection remains a mystery, but we know we can’t afford it. Thanks for reading!
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