They say that money can't buy happiness. That might be true to an extent, but what money certainly can buy is luxury, and plenty of it. For the genuine A-listers of the world, from sports icons like Cristiano Ronaldo to film stars like John Travolta, and successful entrepreneurs who boast bank accounts that bring a tear to the eye of every workingman, a private jet is the ultimate symbol of style, class, at success.
Some celebrities choose to fly private for the sake of convenience, while others do it simply to show off their fortune to the masses and reinforce their jealousy-evoking image (not to mention anyone in particular... Paris Hilton).
Keep your seatbelt fastened, because this journey is about to take off.
19 Bruno Mars
As one of the world's highest paid performers, whose net worth sits at a cool $150 million (wealthygorilla), it should come as no surprise that for Bruno Mars, it's private luxury in the sky or nothing at all. The singer uses his jet to fly to his concerts in Australia, Europe, and everywhere in between.
18 Celene Dion
If anyone can afford to chalk up $8000 an hour to charter a Bombardier BD 700 Global Express XRS, it's the Canadian singing legend, Celene Dion. But for the star, whose net worth hovers around the $600 million mark (Hello Magazine), it's the equivalent of finding a penny under a couch cushion.
17 Dwayne Johnson
Whether you know him as his WWE moniker - The Rock, or just as that ultra-muscly action dude, Dwayne Johnson is no stranger to luxury in the sky. He was Forbes' highest paid actor of 2016 and looks on track to challenge for that title this year as well, so it comes as no revelation that he flies private. Plus, he'd struggle to fit into any teenie economy seat anyway.
16 Kim Kardashian
If your surname is either Kardashian and Jenner, then you're flying in a private jet, and that's that. Over the years, Kim and raked in a truckload of cash through her reality TV show, 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians,' and with her successful entrepreneurial and business ventures, so it makes perfect sense that she'd only travel at the highest level of luxury.
15 Kanye West
Whether it's with his entire family, his better half (Kim Kardashian), a few of his boys, or if he's just flying solo, you'd be hard-pressed to find the rap superstar in anything other than a luxury, private aircraft. In late 2018, he and Kim were seen boarding a private Boeing 747 - if that's not overkill, then nothing is.
14 Beyonce and Jay-Z
As perhaps the world's most recognizable couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z have more cash than they know what to do with - Forbes states their combined worth at a whopping $1.16 billion. With that kind of money, the fact that Beyonce bought a Bombardier Challenger 850 as a father's day present for Jay-Z wouldn't have made the slightest dent in their bank account.
13 Jim Carrey
There are only 193 Gulfstream V models that were ever created, and Jim Carrey is the proud owner of one of them. The comedy genius's luxury ride is estimated to have set him back $59 million (complex.com), and for anyone with a spare $8000 an hour floating around, it's sometimes available to be privately chartered.
12 Paris Hilton
If there's any celebrity that comes across as too high-maintenance to ever fly commercial, it's Paris Hilton. The multi-millionaire heiress to the Hilton Hotel brand has been blessed to come into such a frivolous fortune, and you can guarantee that she makes the most of it. Don't forget your authentic Louis Vuitton luggage, Paris.
11 John Travolta
There are some celebs who own planes because they can, and there are some that own planes because it's their passion. For Hollywood star John Travolta, it's the latter. Not only does Travolta possess his own pilot's licence and own a number of planes, but he's also built a runway into his private Florida home.
10 Dan Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian is a social media icon and former (extremely) successful poker player who never does anything by halves. With his Gulfstream G-IV private jet, Bilzerian shares content to his 25 million+ online fans, almost always showing a little too much skin and an eccentric party lifestyle.
9 Oprah Winfrey
After waiting hours to board a flight at Chicago O'Hare airport in 1991 (CNBC), Oprah finally took the plunge and purchased her own jet. She's never looked back either, now the proud owner of a seriously expensive Gulfstream G650 private jet. If anyone deserves the opportunity to fly in luxury, it's Oprah.
8 Lewis Hamilton
When you hurtle around corners in one of the world's fasted on-land vehicles, it's only fitting that you have something to match it in the sky. When Lewis Hamilton isn't speeding around in his McLaren F1 or standing on the podium, he's flying from Monaco to Montreal and everywhere in between in his beautiful, Bombardier Challenger 605 private jet.
7 Conor McGregor
As one of the world's most famous fighters, Irishman Conor McGregor has a reputation like few other athletes, and we don't mean that in the best way. So, of course, he needs a lavish private jet to suit his equally lavish lifestyle. Conor has been seen a handful of times taking off from airfields in Dublin, en route to various hyped-up UFC events around the world.
6 Floyd Mayweather
With a nickname like 'money,' you'd expect nothing less of Floyd Mayweather than be a private jet owner. In fact, in addition to his Gulfstream V, he recently purchased a Gulfstream III business jet to sit alongside it (luxexpose.com). The latter sports gold-plated everything, 12 leather seats, and a fully stocked kitchen.
5 Mark Cuban
When you boast a net worth of $4.1 billion USD, it would almost be embarrassing to not own a private jet. The extremely successful businessman and entrepreneur - owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the main 'Sharks' on Shark Tank - gets from A to B in style in one of his two planes: a Gulfstream 500 and a Boeing 767.
4 DJ KHALED
The popular music producer is the proud owner of a Gulfstream G2. While that may sound appealing, the music mogul hasn't didn't leave the ground for almost 10 years (Daily Mail) due to a fear of flying. When his little boy, Asad, came along, he finally broke the drought and headed skybound in the comfort of his own plane.
3 Cristiano Ronaldo
It makes plenty of sense that one of the world's most recognizable athletes needs his own oasis in the sky - otherwise the paparazzi would have a field day. The Juventus star (formerly Real Madrid and Manchester United) boasts his very own Gulfstream G650, which would have set the #7 back around $65 million - chump change for the soccer legend.
2 David Beckham
Sticking to the soccer theme, our next celeb who can't go without a private jet is none other than David Beckham, former English champion and husband to Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice). The model in question is a Bombardier Challenger 350, which both David and Victoria use for soccer (or football, as he'd say), fashion, and music purposes.
1 Jackie Chan
At a measly price tag of only $20 million - chump change for this action film star - Jackie Chan is the proud owner of an Embraer Legacy 500 business jet. The kung-fu legend's private plane fits twelve seats, eight of which can transform into four flatbeds for overnight flights (beam).