How to fly Private Jets of the Rich and Famous

By Doug Gollan, October 5, 2020

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

The private jets of Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Tom Brady, Richard Branson, Jay-Z, Elton John, Lionel Messi, The Rock, Ronaldo, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Mark Wahlberg, Oprah, Tiger Woods, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and how much it will cost you to fly on them…

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.

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

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. For the flight from Delaware to his inaugural in Washington D.C. he chartered a BBJ from Jet Edge.

How to buy: Charter

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

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

WhoOEMPrivate Jet TypeCost Per HourCharter AccessJet Card AccessFractional Access
Joe BidenBoeingB737-500$15,000YesNoNo
Mark Cuban, Donald TrumpBoeingB757$25,000YesNoNo
Tiger Woods, Vancouver CanucksBoeingB777$55,000YesNoNo
Tony Robbins, Phil RuffinBoeingBBJ$15,000YesNoNo
Jerry JonesBombardierChallenger 300$9,303YesYesYes
Robert KraftBombardierChallenger 350$9,833YesYesYes
Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleBombardierChallenger 650/604$12,471YesYesYes
Jay-ZBombardierChallenger 850$13,781YesYesYes
Kylie Jenner, Matt DamonBombardierGlobal 7500$20,000YesYesYes
Mark CubanBombardierGlobal 6000$16,081YesYesYes
Celine Dion, Larry Ellison, Elton John, Phil Ruffin, Mark WahlbergBombardierGlobal Express/XRS$13,800YesYesNo
Serena WilliamsCessnaCitation Excel/XLS$7,695YesYesYes
Harrison Ford, Meghan Markle and Prince HarryCessnaCitation Sovereign$8,728YesYesYes
Phil Ruffin, Donald TrumpCessnaCitation X$7,908YesYesNo
Taylor SwiftDassaultFalcon 50$7,000YesYesYes
Madonna, John TravoltaDassaultFalcon 2000$9,000YesYesNo
Richard Branson, John TravoltaDassaultFalcon 900B/EX$13,430YesYesNo
Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleDassaultFalcon 7X$13,956YesYes No
John TravoltaEclipseEA 500$4,219YesYesNo
Lord Alan SugarEmbraerLegacy 650$13,121YesYesNo
Tyler PerryEmbraerLineage 1000E$15,000YesNo No
Cristiano RonaldoGulfstreamG200$9,028YesYesNo
Robert KraftGulfstreamG280$9,598YesYesNo
Tom Brady, Mark Cuban, Michael Jordan,  Jack Ma, Elon Musk, Tiger WoodsGulfstreamG550$15,251YesYesNo
Jeff Bezos, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Kraft, Elon Musk, Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Spielberg, Oprah WinfreyGulfstreamG650/G650ER$17,046YesYesYes
Tom Cruise, John KerryGulfstreamGIVSP$14,341YesYesYes
Jim Carey, Jerry Jones, Lionel MessiGulfstreamGV$14,885YesYesNo
Donald Trump, Queen ElizabethSikorskyS-76 helicopter$12,832YesYesYes
Source for pricing: Private Jet Card Comparison jet card database for one-way rates (no repositioning charges) based on purchasing 25 hours of flight time for private jets offered in jet card programs

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.

How to Buy: Charter, Jet Cards

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Tom Cruise

Actor Tom Cruise is believed to own at least one private jet, a 1998 Gulfstream GIVSP.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Matt Damon

Actor Matt Damon was recently spotted landing in Sydney, Australia in a Bombardier Global 7500 tail number N444WT registered to a South Dakota LLC. The jet appears to be fractionally owned, indicating that the Bourne Identity star may own a share of it.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Celine Dion

Canadian artist Celine Dion is a supporter of the Canadian OEM Bombardier. According to multiple reports, she owns a BD-700 Global Express.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

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.

Elton John

The Rocketman flies a 2002 Bombardier Global Express. He was recently in the news after the private jet had to make an emergency landing in high winds. Tail number M-EDZE is registered in the Isle of Man.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

Kylie Jenner

The Kardashian clan’s Kylie Jenner is all in for a Global 7500 from Bombardier tail number N810KJ. The aircraft can fly nonstop from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, making it ideal as an office in the sky to run her global beauty business.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

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

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Michael Jordan

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

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

John Kerry

The 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state along with his wife Theresa Heinz Kerry own a 1995 Gulfstream GIVSP under Flying Squirrel. The aircraft is on a Part 135 certificate, which means you can charter their aircraft.

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.

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Jack Ma

With an estimated worth of $50 billion, Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and Ant Group has his own private Gulfstream G550, according to multiple reports.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards


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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

Lionel Messi

Soccer star Lionel Messi has owned a 2002 Gulfstream GV since 2018.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

Elon Musk

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

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Tyler Perry

Actor, director, producer Tyler Perry owns two private aircraft, one an Embraer Lineage 1000 and the other a Cessna Caravan, according to Amstat. The Caravan is a single-engine turboprop. The Lineage is a VIP Airliner. In airline use carriers like JetBlue fill the same cabin with 100 seats.

How to buy: Charter

Cristiano Ronaldo

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

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

Phil Ruffin

The billionaire real estate developer who owns Treasure Island and Circus Circus casinos in Las Vegas has three private jets, including a Boeing Business Jet, Global 5000 and Citation X.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

Taylor Swift

Singer Taylor Swift reported recently sold one of two private jets, leaving here with a 1990 Dassault Falcon 50. Yes, it’s 30 years old. Readers always ask about jet cards or chartering older private jets. In part, the answer comes down to the operator, maintenance, upgrades to advanced avionics, and pilots.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg has owned a 2003 Bombardier Global Express since 2016. He was recently spotted arriving in Australia aboard tail number N143MW. You’ll notice the scripted W near the front door and also on the tail.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

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

The Windsors (Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Kate, Harry and Meghan Markle)

The British Royal Family – the Windsors – don’t own their own private jet, although they have their own helicopter. The helicopter is a 2009 Sikorsky S-76C++ registered G-XXEB. Otherwise, they fly on a combination of government-owned aircraft, chartered private jets, and airliners.

Queen Elizabeth has flown the flag, chartering the Concorde and other large jets from British Airways. There is a custom cabin fitted when the monarch is aboard. They have flown on a converted Airbus A330 that the Prime Minister uses.

If you want to fly like the Royals, you can charter, join a membership program, or even buy a share of an S-76 via Associated Aircraft Group. It was recently acquired by the same company that owns Flexjet, Sentient Jet, and FXAIR. Depending on the configuration, you can fit up to 12 passengers along with the two pilots.

How to buy (Sikorsky S-76): Charter, Jet Cards, Fractional Ownership

The Sussexes (Harry and Meghan Markle)

You can also recreate the infamous charter flight that Meghan and Harry used to visit Elton John with Archie. It was appropriately a Cessna Citation Sovereign.

Of course, you don’t have to limit your choice. In 2018, Harry and Meghan were photographed on their tour to Australia, stepping off a Challenger 604 operated by the Royal Air Force. The same year, a Dassault Falcon 7X they used to fly to Amsterdam was reportedly struck by lightning before landing without incident.

How to buy: Sovereign and Challenger available in Fractional Ownership, Jet Cards, Charter; Falcon 7X by Charter

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.

How to buy: Charter, Jet Cards

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