For the world’s richest men, flying first class doesn’t quite cut it. The solution? They spend millions of dollars on buying and flying their own private jets and filling them with the excesses of success.
Here are some of the most exuberant high-fliers.
Donald Trump tops this list, because not only did he buy himself a very large private jet, he printed his name on it. We can’t decide if this is bold or crass. Probably a bit of both.
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal clearly felt that a private jet just wasn’t enough. So he bought an Airbus A380 for over $300m instead. Here’s a picture of the interior, which he refers to as his Kingdom.
Roman Abramovich, the famed owner of Chelsea Football Club keeps his Boeing 767 at Luton Airport and reportedly had it fitted out with chestnut and detailed in gold. This picture should give you an idea of just who big it is.
The Sultan of Brunei, a man not well-known for his modesty, lived up to his reputation when he bought his Boeing 747 brand new for $100m and then had washbasins of solid gold and Lalique crystal installed. It’s not his only aircraft, but it’s by far the biggest.
Bill Gates is a man who takes his work seriously, he has claimed that he never once took a day off in his twenties, and he takes his private jet equally seriously. His Bombardier BD-700 Global Express has an the interior in the shape of a boardroom and can carry 8 of his executives non-stop from Tokyo to New York or Los Angeles to Moscow.
But the King of the Skies is probably Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team, who had the ceilings of his Boeing 767 heightened and special seats installed for his exceptionally tall players so they could use it as a team plane. Talk about going the extra mile for the team!
Courtesy Lorre White