• Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: These Assholes Are Boring. (Even John’s Cat Is Going To Kill Itself).

    Charles Schwab: Greater Rochester Int’l to Harry Clever Field (New Philadelphia, OH) on his Learjet 31 (Ask Chuck…what the fuck he’s doing in New Philadelphia, Ohio.) Roman Abramovich: Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l to Ugolny (Russia) on his Boeing 767-300 (If you know what’s good for you, don’t ask Roman what he’s doing in Ugolny.) Donald […]

    / Aug 24, 2006 at 4:12 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: ibid

    Air Force One: Austin Bergstrom Int’l to East Texas Regional on the Boeing 747-200B Oprah: Teterboro to Leopold Sedar Senghor Int’l (Senegal) on her Gulfstream V (We get it, you’re African. Quit ramming it down our throats. Do you see us in Haifa?) JK Rowling: Heathrow Airport to McArthur Airport on her Cessna 421 (Not […]

    / Aug 22, 2006 at 4:13 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Talking You Down From The Ledge

    We changed things up a bit this week—in the form of more dead hookers and less labor-intensive reading—and were met with more heavy handed moans than ones indicative of pleasure. For those of you who recently learned to read, we realize this must’ve come as a relief; “Three cheers for less words cluttering up the […]

    / Aug 17, 2006 at 4:25 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Our Editor’s Nighttime Activities Continue To Act As A Helpful ‘How Sketchy Is It?’ P-spotting Guide

    [What, pray tell, do the mud flap girls represent? A key, for the woefully misguided] Oprah: Teterboro to Leopold Sedar Senghor Int’l (Senegal) on her Gulfstream V (Like a J in Jerusalem). Pfizer: Westchester Co. Airport to Nantucket Memorial on its Gulfstream V Warren Buffett: North Eleuthera to Palm Beach Int’l on his Cessna Citation […]

    / Aug 15, 2006 at 1:35 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Less Labor-Intensive Reading, More Dead Hookers

    We were all set to hit you with a terpsichorean ménage a trois of a planespotting today, replete with a full explanation of the changeling boy George Soros fathered* with Beverly D’Angelo (which somehow ended up in the hands of Hank Paulson), a Proustian analysis of Donald Trump’s rug, balloon animals and baby goats. Yes, […]

    / Aug 10, 2006 at 2:54 PM
  • Planespotting

    I Just Met A Girl Named Maria

    Note to Jon Friedman: if you are going to write a love-letter to a woman, don’t include her age in the first sentence. In appreciation of CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo [MarketWatch]

    / Aug 9, 2006 at 9:17 AM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: John Carney is the anti-Christ

    It’s 10 am and we’ve already been to Connecticut* and back. Meaning we’ve been up since an inappropriately early hour. Some people don’t get out of bed for less than 5K/day; we don’t get out of bed before nine. Call us childish or even lazy if you want, we really don’t care. We consider nine […]

    / Aug 8, 2006 at 1:19 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Sigmund Freud Concurs: Psychology is a “Pseudo-Science”

    Today we woke up and thought, “We’ve got a heat wave on our hands—fuck Planespotting.” And we felt pretty good, nay, pretty great about this decision. We’re typically pretty indecisive—we don’t know, should we do Planespotting, should we not do Planespotting, this is so hard, we can’t decide, what would Uncle Jesse do (WWUJD)?, blah, […]

    / Aug 3, 2006 at 3:43 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Sleep With One Eye Open

    The other day, one of you lovely and doting Planespotting devotees—“Bad Boy” to be exact—left the following comment, in reference to Tuesday’s post, Planespotting: John Thain, Maple Syrup, Sprinkles: The Decided Lack Thereof: “If I had my way, I’d never work. I’d just stay home all day, watch Scarface 50 times, eat a turkey sandwich, […]

    / Jul 27, 2006 at 4:09 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Dramaturgical Ménage à Trois, Milwaukee’s Best, A War With Canada?

    Brad Pitt’s been looking himself in the mirror a lot lately* and saying “When in Rome.” The actor, 42 and starting to get something of a gut, who was until last year known for his love of architecture, poetry, and a glass of scotch, has been adopting the “do good” habits of his home-wrecking-there’s-a-pink-elephant-in-the-room & […]

    / Jul 18, 2006 at 3:07 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting:Rupert Murdoch is a Bum

    Oh, the homeless. They’re so stylish and hip and chic, what with their minimalist boxes, their Mary-Kate Olsen/boho-inspired clothing, and their private planes. Yeah, we said it; so don’t adjust your glasses, ‘cause you heard us right—it’s no longer considered “odd” or “wacky” or “not economically feasible” for a destitute individual to be the proprietor […]

    / Jul 13, 2006 at 5:00 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Sergey Brin/Larry Page, Not Fans of Sprinkles

    Here in the Planespotting Room of the DealBreaker Pleasure Palace, we have more important things to tell you, plane-wise, than where assorted individuals actually went while on their assorted planes. So we’re just going to get the housekeeping out of the way up front and report* that Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page recently […]

    / Jul 11, 2006 at 3:07 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Billy O’Reilly Thinks Limbaugh Was Setup…

    …Advises Him to “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE,” Provides Get Away Car, Gas Money and Snacks Just when you thought our relationship with Bill O’Reilly was out-the-door, done, finished, over, finito—there was an incident at a cocktail party last month, don’t really want to get into it—Papa Bear goes and does something that just reels us […]

    / Jun 29, 2006 at 4:28 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Viagra Edition

    Rush Limbaugh is like David Geffen in that he will never freaking learn.Background info: we recently became infatuated with Rush Limbaugh; as such, we dedicate this edition of Planespotting to him, his Viagra, and an actual, real life story!* We’re not sure when it started, or why, but lately, R. Limbaugh’s all we can think […]

    / Jun 27, 2006 at 11:15 AM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: NYSE Recharges from Concert Tour, Does So in Cabo

    A few days ago, we reported that we were “pretty sure”—which is like being “basically sure” or “essentially sure,” for you wordsmiths out there—that the higher-ups at the NYSE had gone south for the Exchange’s annual summer concert series. We mused that they’d (probably) had a “simply fabulous” time, what with President and COO, Catherine […]

    / Jun 23, 2006 at 12:23 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: NYSE Tours With Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney and Friends

    Between June 17 and 19, the NYSE’s Gulfstream IV flew from Brunswick, GA to Memphis, TN, to Austin, TX. For what, pray tell? We really have no idea but how about this: ‘SE’s annual summer concert series, which kicked off this month? If that’s the case, then we’ll continue this random* speculation by saying that […]

    / Jun 20, 2006 at 12:05 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: David Geffen—Sneaky, Sneaky! But Not Sneaky Enough

    We’re going to be straight with you: David Geffen is the thorn in our obsessed-with-stalking-the-planes-of-rich-and-famous people asses. So we’re going to expose what the little scallywag thought would be an elaborately difficult but successful business plan that would a. make him lots and lots of money b. louse up our plan at world domination via […]

    / Jun 15, 2006 at 11:02 AM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Morgan Stanley Butters Up Their Interns

    Which is to say, they rub Land O’ Lakes all over their bodies in a way most (small-minded) HR deparments would likely frown upon. OR, if you’re not down for that kind of thing, “butters [them] up” in the proverbial sense, which is to say they fly their 19-21 year old minions to work on […]

    / Jun 13, 2006 at 12:19 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: The Revenge

    [Editor’s Note: DealBreaker intern Bess Levin takes over the Planespotting beat today, with 100 Variations on Planespotting–a comprehensive report on where everyone’s favorite private planes have been today and yesterday.] Planespotting: With Kids Today’s Planespotting update is a heartbreaking tale of what happens when a family is torn apart by hundreds of millions of dollars. […]

    / Jun 8, 2006 at 3:00 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: The IAC Bombadier To LA; Clinton Friend To Arkansas?

    According to Planespotter [but not otherwise confirmed], the IAC Bombadier (tail number N393BZ) is on the move. This time from Germany’s Bremen Neueland airport to Van Nuys in Los Angeles. Also unconfirmed: a Lear registered to Denise Rich, whose husband Marc famously recieved a lame-duck pardon from President Bill Clinton, today flew from New York’s […]

    / May 22, 2006 at 3:33 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting Strikes Back

    Yet another [totally unconfirmed**] report yesterday from The Planespotter: Who says Americans don’t know what’s going on outside our borders? IAC’s Bombardier Global Express twinjet took the overnight flight from Teterboro to Cote d Azur today and Morgan Stanley Management Services took their G-V to Geneva yesterday. Sequoia Capital is really taking the lead in […]

    / May 19, 2006 at 9:38 AM
  • Planespotting

    The Revenge of Planespotting

    Yet another update from The Planespotter: So, either legendary global investor Gary Brinson or Lone Star Global Acquisitions president Ellis Short are taking their fractionally owned G-IV to Pulkova at St. Petersburg, Russia overnight. Good luck. Natural resources are hot if you don’t end up in the Russian pokey. Likewise, Thomas H. Lee’s G-IV that […]

    / May 16, 2006 at 9:11 AM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: The Sequel

    Our planespotter sends an update: So the SAC G-V is safe back home at Teterboro after a brief stop at a regional Boston airport. If you want some gasoline to throw on your speculation about this trip, Janus’ Challenger 604 touched down at Westchester Co. (HPO – just minutes from Greenwich!) on April 30 and […]

    / May 11, 2006 at 10:01 AM
  • Planespotting, SAC Capital

    Where In the World Is Stevie Cohen’s G-V?

    A late night update (11:30PM) from yesterday’s planespotter: …Another Gulf-IV arrived (owned by a Banc of America leasing company but not the bank itself – no word on occupants) at Centennial from Teterboro on Tues, 6:59 PM MDT. The G-V registered to SAC stopped at Kansas City (KMCI) for at least the day in the […]

    / May 10, 2006 at 10:39 AM
  • Hedge Funds, Planespotting, Private Equity, SAC Capital, Thomas H. Lee


    A reader writers: I was indulging in some internet planespotting and noticed that at 8:49 AM MDT (this morning) a Gulfstream IV registered to Thomas H Lee Management arrived at Centennial, a small, general avation airport outside of Denver; less than two hours later at 10:44 a Gulfstream V registered in part to SAC Capital […]

    / May 9, 2006 at 11:55 AM

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