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Here’s how you can fly the same private jets as famous entertainers, sports stars, business executives and billionaires

You’ve probably read stories about the types of private jets owned or used by your favorite celebrities, sports stars, business moguls, and billionaires. Now we show you not only their favored private jets, but how you can fly in the same type of aircraft, including pricing and access through charter, jet cards, and fractional ownership.

If there’s a clear favorite, it’s the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER. It’s the choice of Jeff Bezos, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Kraft, Elon Musk, Christiano Ronaldo, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey, according to FAA records and other reports we found.

The biggest competition? It’s the Gulfstream G550, favored by Tom Brady, Mark Cuban, Michael Jordan, Elon Musk, and Tiger Woods.

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In some cases, you’ll find several jets owned by the same person. For example, Jerry Jones, owner of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys has a Gulfstream GV and a pair of Bombardier Challenger 300s.

What’s the cheapest private jet? John Travolta’s Eclipse EA500 runs $4,219 per hour based on one-way jet card pricing. That means you don’t have to pay repositioning fees.

Private Jets of the Rich and Famous

Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has two private jets, both Gulfstream G650ERs, one delivered in 2015, and the second in 2019. He also has a Bell 429 helicopter.

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Joe Biden

2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden doesn’t own a private jet. For his campaign, he has been seen getting on an off a chartered a 29-year old Boeing 737 that once flew for a budget airline in Sweden. However, there are also custom built private jets from Boeing calling BBJs, short for Boeing Business Jet.

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Tom Brady

While some reports claim Giselle Bundchen bought her football star husband Tom Brady a Gulfstream G550 back in 2008, it’s not clear that’s correct, or they still own it. Brady is an ambassador with Wheels Up, so it’s quite likely he flies with the private aviation jet card provider.

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Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, owns part of the airline he founded, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and a space travel company, Virgin Galactica. Naturally, he has his own private jet, a 2009 Dassault Falcon 900EX.

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Here’s the cost to fly in the same private jets as celebrities, sports stars, and billionaires

Who OEM Private Jet Type Cost Per Hour Charter Access Jet Card Access Fractional Access
Joe Biden Boeing B737-500 $15,000 Yes No No
Mark Cuban, Donald Trump Boeing B757 $25,000 Yes No No
Tiger Woods, Vancouver Canucks Boeing B777 $55,000 Yes No No
Tony Robbins Boeing BBJ $15,000 Yes No No
Jerry Jones Bombardier Challenger 300 $9,303 Yes Yes Yes
Robert Kraft Bombardier Challenger 350 $9,833 Yes Yes Yes
Jay-Z Bombardier Challenger 850 $13,781 Yes Yes Yes
Mark Cuban Bombardier Global 6000 $16,081 Yes Yes Yes
Larry Ellison Bombardier Global Express/XRS $13,800 Yes Yes No
Serena Williams Cessna Citation Excel/XLS $7,695 Yes Yes Yes
Harrison Ford Cessna Citation Sovereign $8,728 Yes Yes Yes
Donald Trump Cessna Citation X $7,908 Yes Yes No
Madonna, John Travolta Dassault Falcon 2000 $9,000 Yes Yes No
Richard Branson, Taylor Switf, John Travolta Dassault Falcon 900B/EX $13,430 Yes Yes No
John Travolta Eclipse EA500 $4,219 Yes Yes No
Lord Alan Sugar Embraer Legacy 650 $13,121 Yes Yes No
Christiano Ronaldo Gulfstream G200 $9,028 Yes Yes No
Robert Kraft Gulfstream G280 $9,598 Yes Yes No
Tom Brady, Mark Cuban, Michael Jordan,  Elon Musk, Tiger Woods Gulfstream G550 $15,251 Yes Yes No
Jeff Bezos, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Kraft, Elon Musk, Christiano Ronaldo, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey Gulfstream G650/G650ER $17,046 Yes Yes Yes
Tom Cruise Gulfstream GIVSP $14,341 Yes Yes Yes
Jim Carey, Jerry Jones Gulfstream GV $14,885 Yes Yes No
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Jim Carrey

Funnyman actor Jim Carey had owned a Gulfstream GV with a tail number that includes JC, however, records show he sold that private jet in 2019. He apparently still owns a twin-engine 1981 Piper Cheyenne turboprop.

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Sean Carter (Jay-Z)

Does Jay-Z own a private jet? Reports say his wife Beyonce Knowles gave him a Bombardier Challenger 850 as a birthday gift in 2012.

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Tom Cruise

GIVSP.

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Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban’s fleet of private jets includes a Boeing 757, a 2019 Bombardier Global 6000, and a 2005 Gulfstream G550.

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Larry Ellison

The founder of Oracle also owns the Hawaiian island of Lanai, including a Four Seasons resort. The tech company where Ellison serves as chairman lists a Bombardier Global Express 2002 EXP and 2009 XRS.

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Harrison Ford

Raid of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford is well known as a pilot. Records also show he owns a 2009 Cessna Citation Sovereign, a single-engine 2001 Cessna Caravan 208B, and a Bell 407 helicopter.

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LeBron James

If all-time NBA great LeBron James owns his own private jet, he doesn’t always use it. When he landed in Los Angeles to begin his mission of winning a championship for the Lakers he was on chartered Gulfstream large-cabin jet.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

While reports say, Dwayne Johnson, actor and former WWE wrestler, better known as The Rock, owns a Gulfstream G650, he was also shown in a 2016 Bloomberg TV report touting XOJET on Instagram.

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Jerry Jones

NFL Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has three private jets and a helicopter. There is a 2001 Gulfstream GV and a pair of Bombardier Challenger 300s, one from 2010 and the other delivered in 2013. His fleet also includes a Eurocopter EC145

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Michael Jordan

Basketball superstar and now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan bought a 2006 Gulfstream G550 in 2016.

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Kim Kardashian

The Kardashian sisters and mom Kris Jenner may be famous for being famous, but they have turned it into a business that has made them very rich. However, it’s not clear they own any private jets. Kim was cited in a 2018 lawsuit against JetSmarter for making promotional posts that didn’t disclose she was a compensated endorser.

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Robert Kraft

While many folks think the Boeing 767 in with the New England Patriots’ livery is owner Robert Kraft’s private jet, he in fact has a 2015 Gulfstream G650, a 2019 Gulfstream G280, and a fractional share of a Bombardier Challenger 350 via NetJets. There’s also an Augusta AW139 helicopter.

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Madonna

The Material Girl probably doesn’t own a private jet from what we can discern. Let us know if you know differently. However, we did spot her deplaning from a Dassault Falcon 2000 in the livery of NetJets.

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Elon Musk

The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX has a 2008 Gulfstream G550 and a 2016 G650ER.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Various reports say soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo owns a Gulfstream G200, while others say he upgraded to a G650 in 2018.

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Steven Spielberg

The director of Jaws, Close Encounters, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, and more owns a 2016 Gulfstream G650. He also has a Sikorsky SD-76 helicopter.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Lord Alan Sugar

British business entrepreneur and The Apprentice TV show star Lord Alan Sugar takes flight with a 2014 Embraer Legacy 650 private jet.

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Taylor Swift

Singer Taylor Swift reported recently sold one of two private jets, leaving here with a 1990 Dassault Falcon 900B. Yes, it’s 30 years old. Readers always ask about jet cards or chartering older private jets. The answer is in part, it comes down to the operator, maintenance, upgrades to advanced avionics, and pilots.

John Travolta

Having donated his Boeing 707 to an aviation museum, actor John Travolta still counts a 1999 Dassault Falcon 2000, 1986 Dassault Falcon 900B, and 2008 Eclipse 500 very light jet in his hangar.

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Donald J. Trump

In addition to his ubiquitous Boeing 757, acquired from the late Microsoft co-founder, the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump owns a 1997 Cessna Citation X, one of the fastest business jets in the world. There’s also a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter.

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Serena Williams

There’s nothing definitive here. Tennis superstar Serena Williams is an ambassador for Wheels Up. She posted on Instagram in 2017 boarding a Cessna Citation Excel/XLS with the Wheels Up livery.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime TV and a self-made billionaire and media titan owns a 2016 Gulfstream G650 via Harpo, Inc.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Tiger Woods

Multiple reports say all-time great golfer Tiger Woods owns a Gulfstream G550. However, photos dating to around 2010 also indicate him flying with NetJets from his home base in Florida and arriving in the U.K. for the British Open. In fact, he may have multiple solutions. In 2019 he flew on a charter aboard the Crystal Luxury Air Crytal Skye Boeing 777 with teammates playing in the President’s Cup.

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