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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.
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.
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."
October 1, 2008
Adam Scott
It didn't take long for 28-year-old golfer Adam Scott to accumulate all the trappings of sports superstardom. Eight years after turning pro, he commands more than $8 million a year in endorsement fees and has accumulated $23 million in tournament winnings.
October 1, 2008
After hitting bottom in her teens and early twenties, Deb Copeland completely
Deb Copeland knows what it's like to fly high. She's doing that now, both on chartered aircraft and in her life. But she also knows how it feels to hit what seems like bottom-and then keep falling.
August 1, 2008
Sydney Pollack
Legendary film director Sydney Pollack, who died of cancer on May 26 at age 73, was the subject of a December 2005 cover story in Business Jet Traveler. Pollack-whose credits include The Way We Were, Tootsie and the seven-Oscar-winning Out of Africa-wound up in our pages because he owned a Cessna Citation X and ostensibly loved flying privately as much as he loved moviemaking.
August 1, 2008
“I've never been driven by money. Living a big lifestyle for me has never bee
Gordon ("Butch") Stewart had a comfortable middle-class childhood on Jamaica's Honeymoon Bay, so his story doesn't qualify as a rags-to-riches tale. But he most certainly went "to riches."
June 1, 2008
As the often-controversial mayor of New York from 1993 to 2001 and as a candidate for senator in 2000 against Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudy Giuliani was not unknown outside the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. But it was the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that thrust Giuliani inexorably into the world's spotlight.
April 1, 2008
“i suppose my most common dream is being able to flap my hands and fly.”
"I predict that you will either go to prison or become a millionaire." Those were the parting words to Richard Branson from the headmaster at England's Stowe School, when Branson left the institution at age 16.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts