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Flying Palaces of the Insanely Rich

by Julia Czerniakow

Imagine you won the EuroMillions and have €100 million in your bank account. Since you are a fan of Travel Radar, you probably are going to spend a few million on a private jet. (Or two) It’s good to prepare for such an opportunity – after all, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you are unable to decide which private jet to buy first! I mean, who needs all the queues at departures anyway?

We’re here to help! Let’s take a peek inside the paradise of the world’s wealthiest and their private transportation… for inspiration, obviously.

Jeff Bezos – Gulfstream 650ER

The world’s wealthiest billionaire, Jeff Bezos, has it all – including not just one, but two Gulfstream 650ERs.

Bezos, boasting the incredible net worth of $113 billion, is the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Amazon, which allows him to own an aircraft worth up to $75 million… each.

Gulfstream G650ER – ©Alec Wilson/Flickr

Gulfstream G650ER – ©Matti Blume/Wikimedia Commons

Bill Gates – Bombardier BD-700 Global Express

Second from the top, William Henry Gates III is not only the co-founder of Microsoft. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Cascade Investment, TerraPower, Branded Entertainment Network and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It is to no surprise then, that the billionaire with a total net worth of $98 billion travels onboard the luxurious Bombardier BD-700 Global Express, worth at least $40 million.

Bombardier BD-700 Global 5000 – ©Markus Eigenheer/Flickr

Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS – ©Aleksander Markin/Flickr

Warren Buffett – NetJets

Warren Buffett does not just own a jet or two – he owns a company with the largest fleet of private jets in the world! NetJets operates over 600 luxurious aircraft, which can take up to 19 passengers on board.

Some of the jets are the Cessna Citation Latitude, Cessna Citation X, Dassault Falcon 2000, Embraer Phenom 300 or Gulfstream G550.

NetJets Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign – ©Tomás Del Coro/Flickr

Embraer Phenom 300 – ©Matti Blume/Wikimedia Commons

Larry Ellison – MiG-29 and SIAI-Marchetti S.211

Now, Larry Ellison is a completely different type of a billionaire, jet-wise. The co-founder, executive chairman and CTO of Oracle Corporation has a few… military jets.

Among Ellison’s fighter jet fleet one can find a MiG-29 and an SIAI-Marchetti S.211. Larry is not allowed to operate the MiG-29 in the United States, though, as it is, sadly, considered to be a weapon.

MiG-29 – ©Peter Gronemann/Flickr

SIAI-Marchetti S.211 – ©Joolsgriff/Flickr

Some billionaires like their aircraft luxurious, some like them military – what would you choose?

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