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November 20, 2016
Brad Keselowski. Photo: Wilson Grassmann
Stock-car driver Brad Keselowski has climbed to his sport’s challenging peaks, cranking out top-place finishes and wins for Team Penske. He has won races in each of NASCAR’s three national series and, last July, he came out on top in the Coke Zero 400—his first victory at Daytona International Speedway, as well as the Penske team’s 100th cup win.
November 8, 2016
credit: David McIntosh
With the U.S. Presidential election less than a week away, husband-and-wife power pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin gave NBAA attendees their expert, but divergent, opinions on the outcome at the second-day opening session.
September 15, 2016
Mary Matalin and James Carville. (Photo: Essdras M. Suarez)
James Carville and Mary Matalin, whose improbable marriage has now lasted 23 years, agree on at least two things: they love each other and they love business jets. But on many other issues, they remain at least as far apart as America’s two major political parties.
July 31, 2016
Bruce Dickenson PHOTO: CAROL MOIR
Bruce Dickinson sings lead with the British rock band Iron Maiden, which formed in 1975 and has released 38 albums, many of which have achieved gold or platinum sales status in the U.S. and U.K. Dickinson joined the group in 1981 and has been with it ever since, with the exception of a six-year period beginning in 1993, when he left to focus on a solo career.
May 16, 2016
Tony Robbins and his Bombardier Global Express XRS.
Tony Robbins needs to perform at his peak when he’s leading seminars for thousands of people, which he does regularly all over the world. To help make this possible, the life and business strategist has been flying privately for over two decades. 
March 8, 2016
Bob Taylor (left) and Kurt Listug, shown here in 1985, launched their guitar-building business more than 40 years ago.
The careers of Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, who cofounded Taylor Guitars in 1974, make for a saga that can appeal to opposite poles of the socio-political spectrum. To capitalists, their success exemplifies the potential of a free-enterprise system. At the same time, it underscores the hippie mantra that “doing your own thing” will enable you to achieve fulfillment far beyond monetary wealth.
January 20, 2016
Erin Andrews
The Fox Sports reporter and Dancing with the Stars cohost needs to be in three cities in a typical week. Business aviation makes that possible.
November 22, 2015
The cofounder of Paul Mitchell Systems, the hair-care products company, grew up poor and has been homeless twice. Today he’s a billionaire who owns three business jets.
September 16, 2015
“The president of the company and I often fly together because we have such a hard time finding enough time  in the office. We’ll say ‘save that for the trip.’” (Photo: Michael S. Barr)
Bob Pittman’s resume testifies to his obsession with productivity. Perhaps best known for having led the team that founded MTV, he has also been CEO of AOL, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises; and COO of America Online and AOL Time Warner.
July 1, 2015
Chris Burch, founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital
He sold sweaters door-to-door to fellow students at Ithaca College. That turned out to be his first step on the road to becoming a billionaire.

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