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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.
March 27, 2015
“At first I thought flying privately was a luxury and I felt guilty. Then I realized how much more I can do in a week than I would if I had to fly commercially.”  (Photo: Cy Cyr)
Golf great Anika Sorenstam talks about the game’s future, flying privately and her new life as an entrepreneur.
January 26, 2015
Coppola uses his Daher-Socata TBM 850 for flights within California. (Photo: Chad Keig)
Acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola talks about filmmaking and flying.
December 18, 2014
Harry Connick, Jr. (Photo: Matthias Vriens-Mcgrath)
The multifaceted entertainer discusses his career, his business jet travel and his efforts to aid New Orleans musicians in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
September 6, 2014
(Photo: Bill Bernstein)
Barbara Barrett, CEO of Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch luxury resort, wears a cowboy hat but also many other hats: former U.S. ambassador to Finland, attorney, graduate school president, pilot, horsewoman, adventurer and astronaut.
May 15, 2014
"We have so much unhappiness in the world," says David Copperfield, "and people need to dream and be transported. Music does that, movies do that, and magic does that." (Photo: Courtesy of David Copperfield)
Magician David Copperfield is the highest-grossing solo entertainer in history, with upwards of $4 billion in ticket sales. In collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, he performed Dreams & Nightmares in 1996, which still retains the Broadway record for most tickets sold in a week. He has won 21 Emmy Awards and holds 11 Guinness World Records. His chiseled face adorns postage stamps in six countries.

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