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Top 5 celebrity-owned private jets

Forget business or economy. The likes of Donald Trump and Jay-Z don’t even have to slum it with millionaires in first class. Buckle up for a tour of the world’s best celebrity private jets.

Luxury private jets are still the ultimate travel accessory for any self-respecting mega-celebrity – and even the US President.

1) Donald Trump

Private jet sales are set to rebound now that Donald Trump is a fixture in the White House.

During the US election campaign, the 45th President jetted around in his own $100 million Boeing 757-200. The aircraft features 24-carat gold-plated fixtures, seats embossed with the Trump family crest and a movie theatre.

Size matters to President Trump. in 2015, he told Rolling Stone magazine that his private plane “was bigger than Air Force One, which is a step down from this in every way”.

Liberals laughed. They ain’t laughing now.

2) Jay-Z

What do you give the man who has everything on Father’s Day? Beyonce decided husband Jay-Z had enough socks and so bought him a $40 million Bombardier Challenger 850 Learjet instead.

Luxurious leather adorns the living space and there’s also a kitchen, bedroom and two bathrooms. The jet, manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace, can carry the superstar couple, their daughter Blue and at least 12 more passengers.

Image: Bombardier

3) Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the world’s most famous philanthropist and richest person, is unlikely to travel economy. Instead, the Microsoft co-founder jets around the world in his “guilty pleasure”, a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express.

The opulent celebrity private jet, known as the Global 5000, typically costs around $40 million and seats up to 19 people. Moreover, it features a lounge/bedroom, two toilets and a full galley.

 4) Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise shot to fame as a maverick fighter pilot in Top Gun. However, in reality the 55-year-old Hollywood actor lets someone else fly his jet, a Gulfstream IVSP. The aircraft, which costs around $36 million, can fly up to 14 passengers for nearly 5,000 miles without refuelling.

 5) Celine Dion

Question: what do Celine Dion and Bill Gates have in common? Answer: an impressive vocal range.

Actually, it’s the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express private jet. The diva purchased her XRS version – around $42 million to own or $8,000 an hour to charter – for personal transport.

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