Flying in a private jet, or indeed cruising around in one’s own personal superyacht, are arguably among the ultimate modes of transport. However, these are luxuries that can be afforded only by the very richest people on the planet. If you can bear the feelings of envy – or perhaps revulsion – then read on for 40 examples of conspicuous consumption…
40. Taylor Swift
As one of the world’s wealthiest musicians, it’s little wonder Taylor Swift avoids the trappings of commercial flights. Instead, she scoots about the globe in her own private jet, a Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900. The star reportedly spent a cool $40 million on the plane in 2011, before personalizing the hull with a decal of her lucky number, 13.
39. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie doesn’t just own a private plane: she flies one. The movie star obtained her pilot’s license in 2004 after her eldest son Maddox expressed an interest in aircraft. But her maternal instincts apparently kicked in when choosing her own plane, because she opted for the very sensible Cirrus SR22-G2. Indeed, the $300,000 craft is packed with safety features, including a built-in parachute.
If you’re ever having trouble finding the right gift for your significant other, just look to Beyoncé for inspiration. That’s if you have $40 million to spare, of course, because that’s the sum the singer splashed on her husband Jay-Z’s private jet. The Bombardier Challenger 850 can seat up to 19 passengers, and houses a living room, bedroom, kitchen and two bathrooms.
Television personality and billionaire Oprah told Vogue magazine in 2019 that her private jet was her “greatest luxury.” However, she deemed it a necessity after her newfound fame made commercial flights tricky – including one particularly stressful experience at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in 1991. The former talk show host paid $25 million for her first jet, and has never looked back.
36. Kim Kardashian
Of course the Kardashians travel in their own private jet. After all, hunkering down in economy class definitely wouldn’t fit with their incredibly glamorous lifestyle. Instead, Kim Kardashian and her family get around in their personal Boeing 747. The enormous aircraft is fitted with multiple lounges, en-suite bathrooms, and even a full-sized bed.
35. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather is not only unbeaten in the ring, but he’s also likely unrivaled for his collection of private jets. You see, the boxing superstar apparently added a third plane to his collection in 2018. And the craft is unmistakably his: dubbed “AirMayweather,” it’s emblazoned with his “The Money Team” TMT brand. The crew’s uniform, meanwhile, features “50-0” embroidered on the sleeve, referencing the boxer’s undefeated record. It’s hardly surprising that Mayweather owns multiple private jets, though, considering just how massive his fortune is. In fact, he’s the highest-paid boxer ever, supposedly raking in over $800 million during his career.
34. Triple H
Triple H is undeniably one of WWE’s most iconic wrestlers, having achieved superstardom at the beginning of the century. Nowadays, though, he mostly spends his time working behind the scenes of the franchise. Alongside his own massively successful NXT project, he also contributes to WWE storylines, manages talent and even handles PR duties. It stands to reason, then, that he and his wife Stephanie McMahon, whose family owns a majority stake in WWE, travel about a lot. And they do so in style, in a Bombardier Global 5000 private jet that apparently cost around $27 million.
33. LeBron James
LeBron James is not just one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world, but he is also widely regarded as the best, too. It’s no wonder, then, that he travels in a private jet – even if it is eyewateringly expensive. Specifically, the Lakers star owns a Gulfstream G280, which likely set him back around $22 million. A long career backed up by huge sponsorship deals has allowed James to build a net worth in the region of $450 million, however, so even that purchase won’t have broken the bank.
32. Michael Jordan
You can never accuse Michael Jordan of being off-brand, since even the former basketballer’s private jet is painted to look like one of his Air Jordan sneakers. Originally sporting a white-and-blue wraparound paint job, the craft was given an update in 2017 to match his latest branded footwear. The G550 jet also sports the iconic Jumpman logo. And as Jordan is the NBA’s first star to have become a billionaire, even the cost of that luxury purchase is likely a drop in the ocean when it comes to MJ’s finances.
31. Conor McGregor
Ahead of Conor McGregor’s lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, the former UFC champion splashed out on his own private jet. Dubbed “Notorious Airways,” the plane carries more than 30 passengers as well as pilots and crew. Of course, McGregor ended up losing his inaugural boxing match to Mayweather, but that didn’t stop him reportedly raking in a nine-figure sum for his efforts. And in the time since then, he’s shared plenty of snaps of himself enjoying the Notorious Airways lifestyle – whether for business or pleasure.
30. Manny Pacquiao
Subtlety is apparently not Manny Pacquiao’s strong suit. Then again, the multi-talented boxer and politician has probably earned the right to adorn his jet with such ostentatious livery. After all, he’s boxing’s sole world champion in eight divisions, having spread himself across multiple weight classes. And his current role as a senator in the Philippines is reportedly setting him up for a presidential candidacy, too. So, you can probably forgive Pacquiao for emblazoning his name and face on the side of his plane.
29. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly a fan of the finer things in life – and he isn’t afraid to show off his wealth, either. After all, as of January 2018 he owned the costliest private jet of any soccer player, according to The Sun. The Juventus forward’s $36 million Gulfstream G650 seats almost 20 people and can reach speeds of more than 600 mph. If that seems pricey even for a soccer superstar, Ronaldo apparently agrees; to make some of the money back, he rents out the plane for around $7,000 an hour.
28. Lionel Messi
Whether Lionel Messi is a better soccer player than Ronaldo is a hotly contested debate among fans. When it comes to the value of the pair’s respective private jets, though, there’s a clear winner. Messi lags just behind his fellow superstar, with his ride costing around $32 million. But his Embraer Legacy 650 is still a luxurious way to travel, with a top speed of 528 mph. It can also seat 14 people and store more than 1,000 kg of luggage, so the Barcelona captain will never have to fly solo.
27. Magic Johnson
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. travels in style in his post-basketball life. The ex-Lakers point guard owns a Gulfstream G-III, you see, aboard which he’s executed some landmark transactions – such as selling his stake in the Lakers, for instance. And the Hall of Famer has even flown players on the plane while arranging trades as part of his current role at the Lakers, where he’s now president of basketball operations. The jet’s tail number, meanwhile, is N32MJ, in honor of Johnson’s jersey number and initials.
26. Roger Federer
It’s hardly surprising that Roger Federer has his own private jet. After all, he’s one of the greatest tennis players in the world, holding numerous records. Among his many accolades are the greatest number of Wimbledon men’s titles, the joint-highest number of men’s Australian Open titles and the highest total of successive weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. All that and plenty of lucrative marketing deals have given the Swiss superstar a sizable fortune, making him the world’s best-paid tennis player. A private jet just seems like the obvious thing to spend the cash on, then.
25. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods may not be the golfer he once was – although his recent form indicates he’s getting back up there – but his incredible sporting legacy won’t be matched by many. And neither will the extravagance of his private jet, which is apparently worth around $54 million. Of course, Woods is one of the most profitable athletes of all time, so he can definitely afford to splash out. And that’s exactly what he did where his Gulfstream G550 is concerned. In fact, the astonishing aircraft can go for 7,500 miles without stopping, just in case Woods needs to take a direct trip from New York to Shanghai.
24. Bill Gates
With a personal net worth of around $116 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the wealthiest individual in the world – according to Bloomberg, anyway. Forbes magazine contends that the title is actually held by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos. Either way, you’re not likely to bump into Gates in the departure lounge. Indeed, while he may have donated billions to charity, he still travels in his personal $19.5 million Bombardier BD-700 Global Express jet.
23. David Beckham
Retirement is treating David Beckham well, it appears. Indeed, the legendary soccer player’s $450 million fortune only continues to rise, as his company DB Ventures Limited nets millions every year. With all that money to play with, then, it’s little surprise that Beckham owns a private jet. Specifically, he has a Bombardier Challenger 350 – the most popular business jet of recent times, which goes for around $24 million. And it can carry eight passengers at once, so there’s plenty of room for Victoria and the kids.
22. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is one of the richest sports stars in the world. But that didn’t stop him from becoming embroiled in a tax scandal in 2017 over his $21 million Bombardier private jet. Hamilton had allegedly utilized shell firms to dodge paying European taxes on the plane when he imported it to England from Canada in 2013. And while some tax-avoidance schemes are legal, a joint investigation by worldwide media outlets revealed documents that suggested Hamilton’s scheme was illegitimate. In the end, though, he reportedly avoided paying around $4 million in tax.
21. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the highest-earning actor in Hollywood, so it makes sense that he also owns one of the world’s most expensive – and according to him, fastest – private jets. His Gulfstream G650 is worth around $65 million, beating out pretty much every other aircraft on this list. And the former wrestler’s photos outside his ride – which he posts to his Instagram account – are almost as iconic as he is. To be fair, though, nobody who travels frequently wants to spend half their lives in airport terminals. And with his fortune, Johnson has the option not to.
20. The Edge
Back in 2008 rumors began circulating that U2 frontman Bono had bought a $15.4 million superyacht named Cyan. And while they were ultimately proved incorrect, there was an element of truth to the story; it just involved the wrong band member. You see, the vessel actually belongs to U2’s guitarist, The Edge. The strummer told the Irish Independent newspaper at the time, “It’s not Bono’s yacht at all, it’s mine. Bono doesn’t know a thing about boats.”
19. Giorgio Armani
The first thing you’ll notice about fashion legend Giorgio Armani’s superyacht, dubbed Main, is that it’s dark-green. That’s not a common color choice for a luxury vessel, but it was conceived with intent. Yes, Armani opted for the strange shade to camouflage his 213-foot boat out on the ocean. And the interior is no less dazzling: as well as full panoramic views, it offers accommodation for up to 12 guests and 14 crew.
18. Rafael Nadal
In 2019 tennis superstar Rafael Nadal decided he’d had enough of chartering yachts. Yes, it was finally time for him to buy his own – and that’s exactly what he did, ordering an enormous 78-foot vessel from Polish company Sunreef Yachts. The resulting bespoke catamaran has been designed to cruise around Nadal’s home island of Majorca.
17. Steven Spielberg
The acclaimed director of Jaws, Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of Hollywood’s wealthiest filmmakers, so it’s no surprise that Steven Spielberg owns a superyacht. His $200 million vessel Seven Seas boasts a helipad, gym, spa, and – naturally – two cinemas. But its killer feature is undoubtedly the 150-foot glass wall beside the boat’s infinity pool, which can also be used as a movie screen.
16. Billy Joel
The “Piano Man” is what you might call a superyacht fanatic, having once owned a staggering five of the vessels. However, simply buying boats wasn’t enough to satisfy Billy Joel’s interest in the open water. In 2005 he turned to designer Doug Zurn to come up with his very own yacht. The resulting craft, named Vendetta, was inspired by 1920s commuter yachts, combining period aesthetics with modern technology.
15. Roberto Cavalli
If Batman had a Bat-yacht, it would probably look like this. The all-black Freedom belongs to Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, and by most metrics is a comparatively small vessel, coming in at just 91 feet. But that apparently suits Cavalli just fine, who conceived the custom-built boat for couples to use on vacation.
14. Sean Combs
While many celebrities have designed their own seafaring vessels, rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs apparently acquired his from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. It was by no means cheap, though. Indeed, the whopping 195-foot yacht – named Oasis – reportedly changed hands for a cool $72 million. Combs has since hosted countless parties aboard the boat, which effectively has its own nightclub.
13. Mariah Carey and James Packer
You might assume that a celebrity couple would be happy to share a yacht. But where Mariah Carey and James Packer are concerned, you’d be wrong. Yes, the pair apparently own a boat apiece, with Carey telling TV show Entertainment Tonight in 2016, “It is important to have his-and-hers everything.” Carey’s vessel of choice is an enormous 192-footer named Capri, while Packer has bagged the world’s seventh-largest privately-owned yacht, named Arctic P.
12. Michael Jordan
You’ve got to hand it to Michael Jordan: the basketball legend knows how to maintain his brand. Just look to his 80-foot sportfishing yacht for the proof. As well as being decked out in décor that matches his private plane, the boat is named Catch 23, a pun referencing his iconic jersey number. The $8 million vessel is Jordan’s second yacht, complementing a much larger cruiser that is said to cost $840,000 per week to sail.
11. David Geffen
Dreamworks founder David Geffen has played host to plenty of celebrities on his $590 million superyacht Rising Sun.” Indeed, famous faces including Barack and Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah and Jeff Bezos have all set sail with the entertainment mogul. His enormous 454-foot boat was originally designed for businessman Larry Ellison, but Geffen bought out his fellow billionaire’s share of the vessel in 2010.
10. Calvin Klein
As you might expect from one of the wealthiest fashion designers in the world, Calvin Klein’s yacht perfectly mirrors his own tastes. Indeed, the vessel’s six cabins are elegant and luxurious, while its double decks serve two purposes. One offers private views across the ocean, and the other has been built to host lavish parties – just like the one Klein held on Cannes Film Festival’s opening night in 2011.
9. Jackie Chan
In July 2019 martial artist and movie star Jackie Chan upgraded from his 125-foot yacht to a triple-deck, 152-foot monster. His new vessel boasts contemporary but refined décor both inside and out, giving it a minimalist vibe. The same can’t be said for its twin diesel engines, though, which boast speed and power aplenty, and help to keep the ship stable on choppy seas. That will be good news for the yacht’s guests – particularly if they’re in the on-board karaoke room.
8. Tiger Woods
Some people hang onto their cars for years, while others upgrade regularly. For celebrities, the same approach applies to yachts – and Tiger Woods falls squarely in the former camp. Yes, he’s had his $20 million vessel, named Privacy, since 2004. The enormous craft has a gym, cinema and jacuzzi, and its guestlist over the years has included Oprah, Bill Gates and Michael Jordan.
7. Tony Parker
Former NBA All-Star Tony Parker splashed out almost $8 million on a custom-built yacht in 2018. That’s only a small fraction of what he’s estimated to have earned in his basketball career, of course. And it’s afforded him the opportunity to cruise the oceans with up to 12 guests, who can enjoy the extraordinary vessel’s on-board swimming platform and beach club.
6. Nicolas Cage
Of the four yachts that actor Nicolas Cage acquired during his infamous spending spree in the early 2000s, Sarita was reportedly his favorite. Along with accommodation for 12 guests, the boat boasted an outdoor dining area and gym. Unfortunately, the National Treasure star was ultimately forced to part with the luxurious vessel in 2008 to settle his tax bills.
5. Nicole Kidman
Most of us would be scandalized at the thought of abandoning a 150-foot, $3.2 million superyacht. But most of us aren’t Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman, who allegedly left Hokulani – her Hawaiian birth name – at a Sydney apartment complex in 2008. The champagne-colored vessel eventually went on the market in September 2019 for an undisclosed fee.
4. Eric Clapton
Back in 2005 guitarist Eric Clapton chartered a luxury yacht, the Va Bene, for a cruise around the Mediterranean. And the experience clearly had an impact on him, because he was so enamored with the boat that he bought it. The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee then refitted the vessel and filled it with artwork, before eventually selling it on in 2018.
3. Johnny Depp
If you own a private island, investing in your own superyacht is the next logical step. That was presumably Johnny Depp’s thought process, anyway, as the Hollywood A-lister purchased the Vajoliroja in 2007 to sail to his Bahamas resort. He then reportedly gave the vessel a $6.5 million Art Deco-style refurb in 2009, before eventually selling the boat to author J.K. Rowling for a rumored $26 million.
2. Richard Branson
In 2009 British billionaire Richard Branson acquired his catamaran Necker Belle, renaming her from Lady Barbaretta to match his private island. The man behind the Virgin brand then refurbished the boat’s interior, including all four cabins, before making it available to charter for the modest sum of $60,000 per week. He listed the vessel for sale in 2014 and eventually sold it four years later for $3 million.
Bey received a pretty incredible gift for her 32nd birthday: a $70 million yacht called Galactica Star. The singer and her husband Jay-Z chartered the gigantic vessel in 2015, and presumably enjoyed the experience enough to want to do it regularly. Alongside three upper decks, a jacuzzi and a glass-bottom pool, the awe-inspiring vessel features a beach club, sauna and bar. And it’s also known for being surprisingly fuel-efficient for its bulk, thanks largely to its sleek lines.