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February 1, 2008
James Carville
James Carville's Web site calls him "America's best-known political consultant," and it's hard to argue with that claim.
December 1, 2007
“I could never do what I do without the knowledge that I can drive to the air
An interviewer once asked an attorney what would be his worst courtroom nightmare. "Seeing Fred Furth sit down at the opposing table," he said.
October 1, 2007
“We didn’t plan it, but lo and behold, I found we were making money with the
Michael Pascucci wanted to go to Florida. Never mind that he was only 13 and supposed to be in school. He bought an old Ford from a neighbor for $45; taught himself to drive; skipped out of classes in Manhasset, N.Y.; and, along with three friends, headed south.
August 1, 2007
On the ground, Banks’ Citation S/II doubles as a lounge chair.
Walter Banks grew up in the hotel business. When he was about two years old, his father bought and began managing the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va. Then in 1960, when Walter was 17, his dad sold that property and purchased Fort Lauderdale's Lago Mar Resort and Club.
June 1, 2007
Frederick Price
Nothing in Frederick Price's early life suggested that he would one day lead a congregation of thousands and fly around in a private jet. He grew up poor, in a nonreligious household, with an alcoholic father, and he suffered during childhood from an inferiority complex and a variety of phobias.
April 1, 2007
“My employees really appreciate that we can transport them to a destination q
If a desire to see the world helped entice a young Hank Cintron to sign up for military service, it's a good bet that he wasn't disappointed. He joined the Army from an ROTC program at the University of Puerto Rico at age 21 in 1975, and by the time he retired as a lieutenant colonel two decades later, he had worked everywhere from Venezuela and Nicaragua to Germany and Kuwait.
February 1, 2007
"The only reason I got a driver's license was so I could get to the airport," said Robert G. "Bob" Watkins, who has been piloting his own aircraft for 46 years.
December 1, 2006
I said, “I’m gonna get me a private jet. If I had my own airplane, I’d be out
The quintessential self-made man, Michael Harrah launched his career with nothing but competitive zeal and a carpenter's toolkit. About 35 years later, he is the sole owner of Caribou Industries, which has built and managed restaurants, high-rise offices, hotels, golf courses, shopping malls, convention centers and other properties throughout the western U.S.
June 1, 2006
“I don’t know that you can ever truly justify the cost of owning a jet outrig
Troy Aikman slipped on a Dallas Cowboys helmet for the last time in an NFL game more than five years ago, retiring after a spectacular career with one of pro football's most successful franchises. Since then, he has been anything but content to view life from the sidelines.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy