There are a variety of ways that the billionaires around the world can use to flaunt their enormous wealth. Out of all those means, being an owner of a private aircraft or to be more precise a private jet is one of those most lavish of the luxuries.
There are billionaires such as Elon Musk and Richard Branson who are famous for making some unexpected purchases. Well, who can blame them when a person has a sum of 80 million dollars per year to spend on luxuries; they can really buy anything that an ordinary person could only dream of.
One thing that all the billionaires have in common when it comes to lavish purchases are the private airplanes. Having your own private jet for these billionaires is not only a luxury but also fastest possible transportation mean when they need to go from one country of the world to another in a single day.
Well, we have decided to let our readers known about a few of the famous tech billionaires who fly in private jets around the world.
Jeff Bezos: CEO of Amazon
First up is the richest of all the tech billionaires currently known as the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. Bezos owns a private plane via his holding company known as Poplar Glen. The aircraft owned by Jeff Bezos is the Gulfstream G650ER jet which accommodates seats for 8 people and has a cost of about 65 million dollars.
Mark Cuban: The famed Investor
Next up is the famed investor Mark Cuban who owns not one, not two but actually 3 private jets. Back in an interview held in 2017, Cuban said that buying a private jet was his all-time goal. The reason is that he values time as the most valuable asset and the private jet bought him time.
Actually with the purchase of his very first private jet back in 1999, Cuban entered the Guinness Book of World Records. He bought a Gulfstream V jet for a price of 40 million dollars online which is a record for being the largest single transaction done on the internet.
After the Gulfstream V jet, Cuban went on to buy two Business jets of Boeing. The Boeing 757 he owns is reserved for transportation of his NBA team Dallas Mavericks of which Cuban is an owner since 2000. As for the Boeing 767, he rents the aircraft for the chartered flights.
Bill Gates: Cofounder of Microsoft
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft once said in an interview that his private jet is the only guilty pleasure as well as a big splurge of his. Bill Gates owns the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express which can accommodate nearly 19 passengers and has an estimated cost of about 40 million dollars.
Charles Simonyi: Overseer on the project of Microsoft Office
Taking about billionaires of Microsoft, Bill Gates is not the only one who owns a private jet. Anyone who knows a little about the early period of Microsoft might be aware of the name Charles Simonyi who was a software developer from Hungary. Simonyi worked as the overseer of the team that developed the Microsoft Office until he left Microsoft back in 2002.
Simonyi not only owns a 233-foot long yacht but also the Dassault Falcon private jet. A fun fact about Simonyi is that he is not only fond of flying in the upper atmosphere of Earth but also in space. For that reason alone, he took 2 trips to International Space Station; one in 2007 and the other in 2009.
Larry Ellison: Founder of Oracle
Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle is known for his unusual behavior and nature. He is both a licensed pilot as well as a sailor. It seems the love of the skies in the Ellison family runs deep because Larry’s son David happens to be a stunt pilot who has been flying with his father since he was 13 years old.
In addition to owning a Hawaiian Island and the yacht racing team, Larry also owns two of the fighter jet. One of them is a decommissioned MiG-29 of Soviet Air Force while the other one is the SIAI-Marchetti S.211 which was in use of the Italian Air Force.
Larry Ellison has been banned from flying the MiG-29 in the USA because the government considers it as a Firearm.
Jony Ive: Head of Product Design at Apple
The co-founder of the Apple Steve Jobs was the owner of a Gulfstream V that could accommodate 15 passengers. The aircraft was gifted to Late Steve Jobs by Apple along with 10 million shares of the company in lieu of the pay raise he got back in 2002.
After the death of Steve Jobs, the private jet never left Apple as it was bought by none other than Jony Ive, the renowned head of the product design at Apple. He was able to buy it an amazing discounted price from the widow of Steve Jobs named Laurene Powell jobs.
Elon Musk: CEO of SpaceX and Tesla
The famed billionaire and the tech visionary Elon Musk is the owner of private jets since he started his companies Tesla and SpaceX back in the 2000s.
He was the owner of a 1994 Dassault Falcon 900 but the airplane has been up for sale since 2016. As for his current private jet, it is the Gulfstream G650ER.
Musk also revealed in an interview that he also flew an Aero L-39 Albatros, a military fighter jet from the Cold War era along with flying aircraft like the Cessna Citation CJ2 and the Meridian M500.
Richard Branson: Founder of Virgin Group
Almost everyone knows the name Richard Branson, a man renowned for the investments on lavish and expensive toys which includes a Caribbean Resort by the name Necker Island which spans over 74 acres. In other things, he owns an underwater submarine and also an amphibious vehicle.
In order to travel from the private island he owns in the region of the British Virgin Islands, he uses his private Dassault Falcon 50 EX.
As for longer flights, he prefers to fly on his own airline company jets, the Virgin Atlantic. The reason is he likes to spend time with both his employees and the passengers.
Larry Page & Sergey Brin: Founders of Google
Founders of Google, Larry Page & Sergey Brin made the purchase of their first private jet back in 2005 which was the commercial airliner named Boeing 767-200 that they purchased for a sum of 15 million dollars and then spent another 10 million dollars for the interior designing of the aircraft.
According to reports from 2012, these two men along with an ex-CEO of Goggle named Eric Schmidt own a fleet of 8 private planes. 2 of them are the Gulfstream Vs, 1 Boeing 757 and also 1 Dassault/Dornier Alpha fighter jet.
As for Larry Page, his interest now is in flying cars and for that purpose, he has started up two companies by the name Opener and Kitty Hawk.