“I'm Ric Flair! The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun!”
Way back before athletes starting buying private jets regularly, Ric Flair was the man that made jet flying so darn cool! In fact, there’s a reason why high profile athletes like LeBron James admire 'The Nature Boy' so darn much. In fact, oftentimes Conor McGregor looks like he’s trying to mimic The Nature Boy. What we’re trying say is that jet flying is so darn cool and not uncommon among some of the top athletes today, James and McGregor included.
In this article we take a look at some of the most unique and expensive private jets out there. One of them is valued at nearly $30 million, while another one looks like a flying Nike sneaker. Get ready to be amazed by these luxury rides used for both business and pleasure.
On the flip side, we’ll discuss popular athletes that choose to fly business class. Some can afford the private jet accommodations, however they prefer the simpler things in life. Enjoy the article folks and like always be sure to share it with a friend. Without further ado here are 15 athletes that fly with their own private jet and 5 that fly business class. Let’s begin!
20 Private Jet - Floyd Mayweather
So what’s better than a private jet? How about two private jets! Yes, Floyd Mayweather lives quite the lavish lifestyle. He travels in complete luxury both on the road and in the sky. In 2016, the boxer added a stunning 12-seater private jet to his collection. It’s not everyday that we hear about an athlete who has multiple jets...
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, his garage might be even better filled with various Bugattis, Ferraris and more Rolls Royce rides than an actual dealership.
Love him or hate him he’s one of the richest athletes in the world at the moment.
19 Private Jet - Triple H
His father-in-law requested that he take off the tights and replace them for a corporate suit. Although he still wrestlers from time to time, Triple H is now known as one of the most powerful forces behind the scenes. WWE stocks continue to rise and a lot of that has to do with WWE’s power couple. Triple H continues to shape the future with his NXT involvement and various other projects. Stephanie also plays a crucial role as the company’s Brand Ambassador.
When you consider both of their roles, it would make sense to learn that these two do lots of traveling. Hunter in particular travels to Orlando, Connecticut and Raw on a weekly basis – never mind his PR duties. For that reason it only makes sense that WWE’s power couple rides in style with their very own private jet.
18 Business Class - Sidney Crosby
Hockey players are a humble bunch; to be fair, they do make a lot less than other athletes. Take the NHL’s best player Sidney Crosby, for example. He signed a great deal worth $104.4 million in exchange for a 12 year term. LeBron (NBA) on the other hand makes more money in half the commitment. His recent deal with the Lakers is worth $154 million (in exchange for a four-year term).
In truth, Crosby could probably afford the private jet, however he refuses to make the purchase. This is well evident due to the various candid airport photos taken of Crosby throughout the summer. He flies business class and has no problem with it either.
17 Private Jet - LeBron James
It’s only fitting that we now discuss the NBA’s top earner, LeBron James. His net worth continues to rise with his new deal, along with a slew of endorsement deals. James hopes to reach a similar status comparable to MJ with a net worth of a billion someday. Ironically most of Jordan’s fortunes came outside of basketball.
James does a lot of traveling especially in the summer with his family. He took a trip to Italy following his Lakers deal. He flew in luxury with his very own private jet. LeBron also has a slew of tremendous rides such as a Maybach, a Ferrari and a Rolls Royce.
16 Private Jet - Michael Jordan
As an homage to the MJ sneaker collection, Jordan completely modified his private jet. According to The Washington Post it literally looks like a flying sneaker;
“Michael Jordan, the Jordan Brand purveyor and Charlotte Hornets owner, has given the ol’ private jet a fresh coat of paint, one that still makes the skyride unmistakably his. Previously, the jet sported North Carolina powder blue and white paint and resembled a giant sneaker.”
With a net worth of over $1 billion, this is just a small part of Jordan’s fortune. He also has a multi-million dollar estate that resembles a darn luxury resort. His choices of rides aren’t too shabby either, with an Aston Martin and a Ferrari hiding away in his garage.
15 Private Jet - Conor McGregor
Following his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor got a lot richer. He left the fight with a cool $100 million and he’s now considered among the wealthiest athletes in the world. In fact, according to The Express he recently passed soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Similar to Floyd Mayweather Conor loves to ride in style. He recently purchased a private jet. McGregor uses the ride for both business and pleasure. McGregor’s rides are just as impressive on the ground with a slew of Rolls Royce vehicles and Lamborghinis. With his UFC return looming expect those expensive purchases to increase.
14 Business Class – Mike Tyson
Before Conor and Floyd, Mike Tyson was the one that made expensive cars look so darn cool. Before filing for liquidation Tyson owned a slew of Rolls Royce cars, Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Heck Tyson also bought three Bengal Tigers worth $50,000 each... It isn’t hard to see why Iron Mike ran out of money.
He enjoyed private flight accommodations as well back in his prime. However that has changed these days. Tyson has been spotted in numerous instances at the airport riding in business class.
Of course, this has to do with his terrible spending habits from the past. Had he saved up wisely he could have been set for life with his very own private jet.
13 Private Jet - Manny Pacquiao
Jet? Check. Yacht? Check. Cars? Check. A massive estate? Check. Yup, the boxer has it all. He took things a step further with his private jet that looks like a darn plane. Manny printed his entire name in bold letters on the outside design along with a picture of himself. A bold power move to say the least.
He’s made lots of money during his boxing career and despite his expensive taste, he still has a net worth of nearly $200 million.
With a rumored rematch against Floyd Mayweather reportedly in the works you can expect that number to skyrocket sooner rather than later.
12 Private Jet - Cristiano Ronaldo
We now feature two of the top footballers in the world. Starting with Ronaldo, according to AS,
the Juventus star owns the most expensive private jet in all of soccer. His G650 carries up to 18 people – more than enough for his family and friends. And oh, the ride is worth about $32 million Euros.
AS explains the stunning jet; “Ronaldo's plane can hit a top speed of 610 miles an hour, the fastest of all the private jets on the list, and has a range of 7,000 nautical miles. So he could easily fly to Manchester and back without refuelling. If, say, he wanted to meet anyone in that city. The plane is also personalised with his initials.”
11 Private Jet – Lionel Messi
Messi’s private accommodations don’t come cheap. His private jet is said to be worth over $25 million Euros. Messi isn’t shy when it comes to spending top dollar on quality rides. He also spent $32 million Euros at an auction for a rare Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti.
In terms of traveling Messi keeps busy with his family during his time off. Ibiza is one of his favorite destinations. He also loves visiting Antigua as well. Unlike Ronaldo, Messi keeps a low profile, however his purchases certainly have not flown under the radar!
10 Business Class - Ronda Rousey
Despite her fame and fortune, Ronda Rousey is a simple human-being. In fact, up until 2015 she still kept her old 2005 Honda Accord LX. The ride was eventually auctioned off for $21,000. Clearly she has upgraded nowadays.
Ronda made her fortunes through UFC and various endorsement deals along the way. These days she’s enjoying her new life as a WWE Superstar. Along with a hefty contract Rousey gets free travel accommodations for airfare with the company. However, she isn’t flying on a private jet. Rousey is typically seen at LAX following her busy schedule getting off a flight and heading back to her California home.
9 Private Jet – Alex Rodriguez
According to TMZ, A-Rod upgraded his jet in 2017;
“We're told Alex Rodriguez got rid of his old LearJet 60 a while ago ... and decided to upgrade with a Gulfstream IV. According to people familiar with the planes, Alex's new jet has DOUBLE the flight mileage capacity as the old jet ... which means it's better for international travel. And get this ... the jet seats up to 14 people.”
He might have gotten a little ripped off though, as earlier in the year his private jet was forced into making an emergency landing just after leaving a New Jersey runway...
8 Private Jet - Roger Federer
Both top tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal enjoy the perks of riding around with their very own private jets. For Roger, such a purchase was facilitated by his own court success throughout the years. The 37 year old is second on the all-time list in terms of prize money earned.
He’s racked in a massive fortune of more than $117 million since the start of his career way back in the early 90s.
He’s also one of the highest paid athletes for his slew of endorsement deals with the likes of National Suisse, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and Nike.
7 Private Jet - Tiger Woods
Speaking of wealthy, Tiger Woods knows a thing or two when it comes to accumulating wealth. Although his value took a little bit of a hit due to his divorce scandal, Woods remains among the most profitable athletes in the world with a $740 million worth.
A lot of that earning has to do with his PGA success, though most of it is attributed to various sponsorship deals with the likes of Nike. Along with his private jet, Woods lives quite comfortably in his 26,000 square foot Jupiter, Florida home worth about $49.5 million.
6 Business Class - Erin Hamlin
You would think that the US flag bearer had private accommodations to the Olympic Games, but oh, no. According to SFGATE she’s a member of the business class. However what’s pretty crazy is the fact that this wasn’t the case for all the US Olympians;
“At just 32 years old she's a United Premier 1K member and sat in business class for the flight home. What about her teammates? Was everyone in business class? "No, but there were a few of us in the front and just as many in the back. Never fun to be at the back of the bus!" she said.
5 Private Jet - Kobe Bryant
Bryant is a wealthy NBA legend with a net worth of $350 million. Traveling is quite common for Kobe and that remains true in his post-basketball life. Bryant loves to take several family trips during the summer. Among his favorite locations include various parts of Italy. After all, Kobe grew up in the European country. He is also a fanatic of the soccer team AC Milan.
His love for Italy also carries over to his choice of rides. Bryant is the proud owner of a stunning Ferrari 458 Italia. He also got to test drive the F12 recently.
4 Private Jet - David Beckham
Like so many others, Beckham uses the private jet for both business and pleasure. Using it for a trip to Morocco was an unforgettable experience as he received quite the birthday party.
With a net worth of over $450 million, a private jet is only the beginning for Beckham and his various toys.
Riding around in a Bentley and an Aston Martin seems to be a common occurrence for the former soccer star. He also took the family on a winter trip to British Columbia enjoying some of the finest ski hills in all of Canada.
3 Private Jet - Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton might have one of the most luxurious jets on the entire list. Worth $25 million, the plane looks absolutely gorgeous on both the inside and outside.
However according to Business Insider, this ride could have been a lot more expensive – Lewis merely skipped out on having to pay $16.5 million in taxes for the private ride;
'Legitimate tax avoidance schemes are not illegal, according to The Guardian, and Hamilton reportedly said he was told by his lawyer that the arrangement was lawful, and "was not concerned with day-to-day management of his business."'
Along with the stunning jet Hamilton has one of the best garages out there with both vintage and modern-day cars.
2 Business Class - The Undertaker
He is the most respected man in sports and entertainment. The Undertaker is not only one of the most popular names in WWE history, but he was also considered a locker room leader during his time. He is still considered the most respected wrestler on the planet.
With all of that being said, given his sporadic appearances you would think that he had a private jet picking him up. Heck, Brock Lesnar got this in his prior contract with the WWE. Instead the veteran is an old school soul riding around in business class. He is also one of the nicest wrestlers to approach. Rarely does The Deadman turn down a photo while waiting for a flight in the terminal area.
1 Private Jet – Dwayne Johnson
It only makes sense that the busiest man in Hollywood rides around in a private jet. The Rock’s photos in front of his jet have become iconic. Johnson often posts photos with the jet discussing his grueling schedule. However he always keeps that positive mind set.
What might be even more impressive than the jet is the fact that Dwayne carries around a 40,000 pound gym when shooting a film in a distant location.
Rock has a crew that sets up the gym. He usually pumps iron in the wee hours of the morning before heading to the set. What’s your excuse again?