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April 7, 2009
Listen to Suze Orman's entire interview with Business Jet Traveler's Jeff Burger, as recorded at the CNBC studio in New Jersey. The audio file includes considerable material that we didn't have room for in the published article.
April 1, 2009
Though Suze Orman proclaims her whole life "fabulous," her early years bore little resemblance to the world she inhabits now. In Berkeley, Calif., when she was in her 20s, she slept in her Ford Econoline van for two months while working for a tree service. Then she spent six years as a waitress, earning about $400 a month.
April 1, 2009
“Probably 80 percent of the deals that I do I wouldn’t do if I didn’t have a
IN 2000, after more than two decades of diverse Wall Street experience, Lynn Tilton started Patriarch Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in buying and fixing distressed companies.
February 1, 2009
When Chip Ganassi was five, his father gave him and his cousins a number of go-karts he had confiscated from the owner of a go-kart track who had failed to pay his bill after the elder Ganassi had paved the track. That early experience led the young Ganassi to high school dirt-bike motocross contests, motorcycle racing and, eventually, professional auto racing.
February 1, 2009
Richard Thompson is an enthusiastic self-proclaimed entrepreneur. "I've never had a job my whole life that I didn't create," he told me as we talked in his finely refurbished Hawker 700A on the Jet Aviation ramp at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport.
February 1, 2009
“This could be a $2 billion business. I don’t know if we want that. At some p
In 1999, when Kenny Dichter took his first private jet ride on a friend's Hawker 800XP from New York to Boston, the airplane wasn't all that took wing. Dichter spotted an untapped market. Less than a decade later, he helms a jet-card subsidiary to industry giant NetJets that had sales of approximately $800 million to $900 million last year.
December 1, 2008
-Fletcher Aldredge, publisher of the Vref Aircraft Value Reference, whose data shows larger declines in price for light jets in recent quarters than for any other market segment. Source: Architectural Digest
December 1, 2008
Pickens addresses a town hall meeting on energy independence in Topeka, Kan.,
"I try to live by one simple rule," said T. Boone Pickens. "Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure they are not the same eight hours." He chuckled and then added, "But I have to tell you, I'm not doing so well these days following that rule. I need a hell of a lot more than eight hours to get in all the work I need to do."
December 1, 2008
“The Liberty Hotel is about transformation, and how to make a jail into a joy
Real estate developer Richard Friedman has been winning plaudits for his unusual latest project: the transformation of the historic Charles Street Jail in Boston's Beacon Hill district into the luxurious, award-winning Liberty Hotel.
December 1, 2008
“I’m not a believer that we’re all going to be flying private to Grandma’s fo
The aviation bug bit Alex Wilcox at an early age, back when an airline pilot could invite a wide-eyed youngster into the cockpit during a long flight. Wilcox's Swiss mother and American father spent lots of time in Europe, and he vividly recalls extended conversations with pilots while crossing the North Atlantic.

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“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet