Elite jets and private aircraft are among the most exclusive vehicles in the world. A minimal number of people can afford to fly in them. They also enable their owners to travel quickly and economically, which makes them a more significant asset.
But even though many wealthy people own jets and private aircraft, the elite owners of these aircraft are a tiny minority compared to the average person who doesn’t own one. People who own jets and private planes are from royalty.
1. Prince Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prince Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the President of the United Arab Emirates. He has been ranked among the top billionaires on earth. Prince Khalifa is known for his love for glitz and glamour.
He has numerous aircraft, and it is not surprising that he owns a luxurious Boeing 747-400. This aircraft is custom-built to his specifications. It can accommodate at least 450 passengers in it. He never ceases to amaze people with his style and flair.
2. Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Alsaud
Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Alsaud is one of the most influential men on earth who has amassed a net worth of $19 billion. He is also known as the Warren Buffet of Saudi Arabia. His royal status has enabled him to purchase all sorts of luxurious items, and private jets are among them.
He has a Boeing 747-200, customized according to his wishes. He can transport at least 500 passengers every time he travels on it.
3. Shaik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Shaik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates. His family’s wealth does not stop at their vast business empires and oil; they also own 36 private aircraft, including the Airbus A380, Boeing 747-200, and another custom-made Boeing 747. Shaik Mohammed’s passion for flying made him a very successful businessman, ranked as the wealthiest man in the world by Forbes magazine until Bill Gates defeated him in 2008.
The top features of this aircraft include more legroom and more luxurious seats. It also has increased galleys to provide its customers with their needs. The plane was named after his daughter, Princess Latifa.
4. Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz
Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz is a member of the royal family which rules Saudi Arabia. He is known for being one of the richest men in the world and is ranked as one of the top 40 billionaires on earth, with a net worth of $19 billion.
He has 36 private aircraft, including a custom-made Boeing 747, with more luxurious seats and legroom. He also owns the Airbus A380, which has been ranked as the best aircraft to own.
5. King Abdullah
King Abdullah is the King of Saudi Arabia and has been known to have the most planes belonging to any king in the world. He owns a Boeing 747-200, custom-made to accommodate more than 400 persons. He also bought two Airbus A380s but has yet to fly on one as he would rather have one for himself and his family than share it with anyone else.
He also owns a Boeing 777, just delivered in October 2008; this jet costs $300 million and can carry 450 passengers simultaneously. King Abdullah has several other private aircraft, such as the Boeing 727, 757, and a customized Airbus A340-300.
6. Prince Sultan Bin Salman
Prince Sultan Bin Salman is the son of Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He owns a fleet of private jet aircraft and helicopters. His fleet includes the Gulfstream IV, several Boeing 737-300/400’s and one Boeing 747-400, equipped with all sorts of luxuries to make his travels extra comfortable.
There are also armored Mercedes sedans on hand so that he would always be protected while traveling to and from his plane. The Crown Prince owns the most significant private jet fleet, and he can fly on any aircraft in a mere 30 minutes, which is far less time than it would take to travel by car.
7. King Michael I
King Michael I is a member of the royal family which rules Romania. Though he has an estimated net worth of $6 million, he can afford to own and maintain his private jet aircraft, which is why he makes it to this list of people who own jets and remote airplanes. The King holds a Gulfstream IV, customized by Embraer Aviation Systems based in Brazil.
This aircraft can carry 14 passengers simultaneously, thanks to its extra-large fuselage. The King’s private jet is a part of his fortune, and he also owns many other luxury and exotic items, including a car worth $100 million, titled the “Beechcraft King Air.”
8. Aristotle Onassis
Aristotle Onassis was a successful businessman with a net worth of $3 billion when he died in 1975. He was the husband of Jackie Kennedy and was married to the former First Lady for three years before she died in November 1963.
He was also related to the Kennedy family through his father, who was Greek. He owned a private jet aircraft, a Gulfstream G-III, which had a range of 3,000 miles to fly around the world or to any of his other destinations.
9. Huseyin Irmak
Huseyin Irmak is an Ottoman prince, and he was ranked as one of the wealthiest men in Turkey in 2012, with a net worth of $9 billion. He runs a corporate empire that includes hotels and resorts known for investing in real estate and construction projects worldwide. He owns an Airbus A340-300, which was ordered to have a private jet for himself.
His suite on the plane has a bedroom with twin beds and a private bathroom with amenities such as a television, coffee machine, phone, and fax machine. There is another bedroom designed for guests who the prince can invite. This room has two single beds, which can be converted into a large bed for two guests.
10. Muammar al-Gaddafi
Muammar al-Gaddafi was a Libyan nationalist who was a revolutionary leader and a dictator who ruled Libya from 1969 until his overthrow in 2011. He was infamous for his opulent lifestyle, which included several private planes and yachts. Although he recently gave up all of his private planes, some of them are still thought to be floating in the Mediterranean Sea.
Before the war, he owned approximately ten aircraft, including some Boeing BAe 146s, Boeing 727s, and Fokkers; these aircraft were mainly used for carrying essential officials on long flights to various countries around Europe and Africa.
Gaddafi also owned a Boeing 747, which had been built as a gift from Cuba before the war started. Italian designers had designed the airplane’s interior, and the jet was known for having a bar on board, a dance floor, a TV room, a movie theatre, and a shower in the bathroom.
11. Leonid Kuchma
Leonid Kuchma was the President of Ukraine from 1994 until his resignation in 2004. He is a billionaire and considered one of the wealthiest people in Ukraine, with an estimated net worth of $5 billion to $33 billion. He owned a fleet of private jets, which included a Boeing 727, Boeing 757, and a Gulfstream II.
Kuchma also owned several yachts around his private land that were berthed at various ports around Kyiv; these yachts were equipped with all sorts of luxuries, such as satellite television and internet access. He also owned a private airport in Ukraine where some of his jets could be kept.
12. David H. Koch
David H. Koch is a businessman and ranked the wealthiest man in America. He has an estimated net worth of $31 billion and is co-owner of Koch Industries with his brother Charles A. Koch, who is also on this list of people who own private jets and private aircraft.
His company is one of the largest private companies in America, with interests in oil, gas, pipelines, and many more. He owns a Gulfstream G450 jet equipped with a stylish bar and television for multiple guests to enjoy. He also holds an Embraer Legacy 650, which is another private aircraft that he uses for longer flights around the world.
13. Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a member of the royal family that rules the United Arab Emirates and is also the Deputy Prime Minister. In 2013, his net worth was estimated to be $1 billion, according to Forbes Magazine.
He owns several luxury cars, including a Bentley Arnage, Range Rover Evoque, Bentley Continental GTC, and many more at his disposal. He can also afford to have a pilot on hand so he can fly on his private jets whenever he needs to go on one of the many foreign trips he takes.
14. Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy was the President of France from 2007 until 2012 and is one of the wealthiest men in France, with an estimated net worth of $4 billion. He was elected member of the French Parliament and Prime Minister for only seven months in 2007 when he took office with his cabinet.
Nicolas Sarkozy is a car enthusiast. He has several luxury cars at his disposal, including a $1 million Bugatti Veyron, $670,000 Ferrari F430 Spider, two Maserati GranTurismos, and many other high-end products. He also owns a private jet aircraft purchased for him by his wife, Carla Bruni, when they married in 2008.
15. Phil Anschutz
Philip Anschutz is an American billionaire businessman, the Chairman, and part owner of the entertainment giant The Anschutz Corporation. Anschutz owns a private jet with an estimated value of $17 million, and it is known as The Cheney.
He also owns a Jetstream 41 aircraft, which is said to have cost him around $15 million. Other private jets he owns include an IAI Westwind, Cessna Citation 560XL, and a Gulfstream V.
16. Mukesh Ambani
Navin Ramadhin stated in The Daily Mail that Mr. Ambani’s house at Altamount Road, Mumbai, was initially owned by Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. This 109-million-pound property is surrounded by a six-foot-tall wall with 20-foot high bronze gates and an intercom system.
In 2014, Mr. Ambani received $1 billion in his bank account as the balance he held in Reliance Industries Ltd and Reliance Natural Resources Ltd, two businesses connected to him. The government of India accused him of paying $3.2 million as a bribe to win a contract to supply natural gas in 2012. However, he was not convicted on the charges, and he later settled the case for an undisclosed amount in 2016 after paying $1 billion in taxes and penalties.
Despite this controversy, Mr. Ambani still has his private jets at his disposal. His current plane is a Boeing 777, and his other aircraft are a Gulfstream G550, another private jet he owns.
17. Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi is a media tycoon and politician who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 1994 until 2011. As reported by Forbes Magazine, he is one of the wealthiest people in Italy, with a net worth of $6.1 billion.
His wealth was used to fund his political campaign to become Prime Minister in 1994, which he won and then reelected in 2001 but resigned in 2011 after facing several charges of fraud and corruption.
Berlusconi owns a private jet aircraft which is a Boeing 737. He also owned a Gulfstream G550 in 2011 and held a Gulfstream G650. His current aircraft has an estimated value of $60 million.
18. Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman and the second richest person in Mexico, with an estimated net worth of $73 billion, as reported by Forbes Magazine in 2013. He is ranked as the wealthiest man in Mexico after inheritinginheriting his family’s fortune from his father, who died when he was only 20. He has since become the richest person in Mexico and one of the wealthiest people in the Americas.
His business is 74 percent owned by The Grupo Carso, and he also owns Slim Helu Energy, a company that engages in oil, gas, and other energy businesses. His wealth comes from his investment in the natural gas and telecoms sectors. He owns a private jet with an estimated value of $100 million. This jet is a Gulfstream G450 with a luxurious interior, including leather and wood furnishings throughout the cabin.
19. Michael Dell
According to Forbes Magazine, Michael Dell is an American businessman ranked as the world’s 68th richest person. His net worth was estimated at $18 billion in 2014.
According to his website, his business, Dell Inc, is an American multinational computer technology company that primarily sells personal computers, servers, and related products and services. He also owns a private jet with an estimated value of $30 million.
20. Mohammed Al Amoudi
Mohammed Al Amoudi is an Emirati businessman with a net worth of $19 billion. He is the Chairman and CEO of Oger International, and the New York Times reported that he met President Donald Trump in Trump Tower on February 16, 2016, when they were presented with two black diamonds worth $60 million, which he gifted to Trump.
He was also presented to the US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2011 by his good friend President Barack Obama on behalf of their countries. He has redecorated his private jet with a golden interior and owns a Boeing Business Jet with an estimated value of $20 million.
21. Jim Walton
Jim Walton is Wal-Mart’s (the world’s largest chain of department stores) founder and the current Chairman of the Board for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. He is also the wealthiest man in Arkansas in this year where he made his fortune at a young age and has become one of the wealthiest people in the United States.
He is ranked as the 4th wealthiest person in Arkansas after inheriting his father’s fortune of $10.4 billion in 2005. He also owns a Boeing Business Jet and can host up to 12 people at a time.
22. Lee Shau Kee
Lee Shau-Kee is Singapore’s richest person, with a net worth of $20 billion. He inherited the Singtel Group, which he started in 1977 when he was only 21. He also owns a Boeing Business Jet, built by Boeing in 1992, has 11 seats, and is valued at $13 million.
In 2010, he donated S$1 million (around $776,000) to set up The Lee Foundation for the Arts (S$190 million) and S$1 million (around $778,000) to construct an art library at the National University of Singapore.
23. Li Ka-Shing
Li Ka-Shing is a Hong Kong businessman who controls Hong Leong Group and Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, two companies that are among the largest in Hong Kong. As reported by Forbes Magazine, he has an estimated net worth of $22 billion.
He was appointed as the Special Administrative Region’s (Hong Kong) Chief Executive in 2007 and was reelected in 2012; however, he declined to run for a second term in 2017 because of his health issues. Li also owns a Boeing Business Jet with an estimated value of $20 million.
24. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle, a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. He is also a philanthropist who has donated to several causes, including medical research and education (as mentioned on his website).
As reported by Forbes Magazine, he is one of the wealthiest people in America, with an estimated net worth of $58 billion as of 2017. He also owns a business jet and yacht, valued at $177 million and $200 million, respectively.
25. Larry Page
Larry Page co-founded Google, the world’s largest search engine, and is currently its CEO. Forbes Magazine reported that he was one of the wealthiest people in America, with an estimated net worth of $34 billion in 2017.
He also owns a Boeing Business Jet valued at $13 million and a yacht valued at $200 million. He also holds a private jet with an estimated value of $7 million.
26. Carl Icahn
Carl Icahn is an American investor and businessman with a net worth of $33.2 billion as of November 2017. As reported by Forbes Magazine, he was ranked as the 51st person in America and is the 21st richest man globally.
He inherited three factories from his father and owns real estate, oil, chemicals, technology, investments, and entertainment businesses. He holds a Boeing Business Jet with an estimated value of $5 million.
27. Wang Jianlin
Wang Jianlin is the Chairman of the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda and is ranked as the world’s 62nd richest person. He is also worth $39 billion as of 2016. Wang met President Donald Trump in Trump Tower on February 8, 2017, and gifted him a Movado watch worth $30,800 that he’s wearing in this picture here.
His company, Wanda Group, owns 23 theme parks and has more than 20 planned parks for China alone. He holds a Boeing Business Jet with an estimated value of $13 million.
28. Bernard Arnault
Bernard Arnault is the French billionaire heir of LVMH and was also ranked as the world’s 65th richest person this year. He is worth $38 billion and has an estimated net worth of $40 billion.
He owns a private jet with an estimated value of $19 million. He was known as the “Richest Man in France” before his father, who owns LVMH, passed away in 2013. He also holds a Boeing Business Jet with an estimated value of $8 million.
29. Charles Koch
Charles Koch is the co-founder and CEO of Koch Industries. He has a net worth of $33 billion, and Forbes Magazine reported that he was America’s 6th richest man in 2017.
He was also ranked as the 8th richest person in America in 2004. He also owns a private jet with an estimated value of $2 million and a Boeing Business Jet with an estimated value of $7 million.
30. David Koch
David Koch is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in America. As reported by Forbes Magazine, he has a net worth of $40 billion, making him the 7th richest man in America.
He was also ranked as the 8th wealthiest American in the year 2004. He owns a private jet with an estimated value of $59 million and a Boeing Business Jet valued at $8 million.
These are some of the wealthiest men in America and their jets. Some of them use their private jets to travel around, but many of them use their jets only for traveling long distances. Most of them own more than one jet, especially those with more than $50 billion in net worth.
All you have to do is choose a rich person you admire and then read through his biography and achievements. Most importantly, dream big – just like these billionaire entrepreneurs who have achieved what they have today by simply following their dreams and working hard.