Private Jet Rich List: The 20 Celebs and World Leaders Spending the Most on Air Travel

Here at Stratos Jets we pride ourselves in providing the best private jet charter services for our clients and are committed to forging long term relationships through good experiences, not long term contracts.

We know our clients like to travel in style with the best quality jets we can offer but we thought it might be interesting to see how those with celebrity status do it. Using publicly available data and our own pricing tools we have created a list of the 20 celebrities who spend the most on private air travel annually, both on their own private jets and on private chartered flights. The figures were calculated taking into account ongoing costs and based on a 400 flying hours basis.

Our research found that some of our famous friends are spending upwards of to $9,000,000 on luxury private air travel, see the league table below to find out who is living the high life*:

1. Donald Trump – $9,250,000, Air Force One (Boeing 747-200B)

2. Vladimir Putin – $5,300,000, IL-96-300PU

3. Angela Merkel – $4,600,000, Airbus A340-313X VIP

4. President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev – $4,460,000, Airbus A330-243 Prestige 

5. Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, $4,260,000, Airbus A340-212

6. Prince Al-Waleed of Saudi Arabia – $3,860,000, Boeing 747-400 

7. Roman Abramovich – $3,580,000, Boeing 767-33AER (Owned)

8. Boris Johnson – $2,700,000, Airbus A330

9. John Travolta – $2,250,000, Boeing 707 (Owned)

10. Kylie Jenner – $1,450,000, Bombardier Global 7500 (Owned)

11. Beyonce and Jay Z – $1,385,000, Challenger 850 Learjet (Owned)

12. Mark Cuban – $1,250,000, Boeing 767 (Owned)

13. Prince Albert II of Monaco – $1,140,000, Dassault Falcon 7X 

14. Jim Carrey – $1,050,000, Gulfstream V (Owned)

15. Taylor Swift – $985,000, Falcon 900 (Owned)

16. Celine Dion – $970,000, Bombardier BD 700 Global Express (Owned)

17. Tom Cruise – $950,000, Gulfstream IV-SP (Owned)

18. Oprah Winfrey – $950,000, Bombardier Global Express XRS (Owned)

19. David Beckham – $870,000, Bombardier Challenger 350 (Owned)

20. Kim K – $730,000, Mid-size jet

Looking at the list, it’s clear that the heads of state are not adverse to splashing the cash when it comes to private air travel. The politicians undoubtedly have their own luxury aircrafts but have the state’s finest jets at their service, whenever needed. 

President Trump sits at the top of the list with an impressive $9,250,000 bill per year. Considering there are actually two planes at the Presidents’ disposal, the bill could actually be closer to $20,000,000. The Pentagon recently revealed that both of the President’s jets are going to be upgraded and ready by 2021, at a total cost of $5.2 billion.

Also in the top 10, in seventh place, is politician turned Chelsea FC owner, Roman Abramovich. Although he has a number of aircrafts under his belt, Abramovich’s prized possession is the Boeing 767-33AER, also known as ‘the bandit’. The Boeing 767-33AER has a catalogue value of over $180 million and is kitted out with a banquet hall with room for 30 people, a kitchen, an office and an anti-ballistic defense system. It’s no wonder the aircraft has a high price tag! After refitment and upgrades, the aircraft is estimated to be worth a whopping $300,000,000. 

There are multiple factors that could lead to a high annual cost, operating the jet itself can cost anywhere between $650 – $29,000 per hour, then there are further variable costs such as maintenance (parts and labor), engine reserves, fuel, auxiliary power units if applicable, and miscellaneous expenses including crew travel, catering and cabin supplies, landing and parking fees. 

Joel Thomas, President of Stratos Jet Charters, said:

“It’s interesting to see just how much celebrities, public figures, and world leaders spend on their air travel. Chartering a private jet can be just as luxurious, and a lot easier on the bank account, than buying one but there is definitely something about owning your own jet!”

“At Stratos Jets, our clients know to expect the best choice of aircraft, friendly crew, and unrivalled experience when they use our services, even if they want to fly like a President!” 

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