Skip to main content

Planespotting: The Revenge

  • Author:
  • Updated:

[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. Between May 31 and June 7, Matthew Pritzker's plane-- a Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream IV--flew to Boca Raton; Brunswick, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; and White Plains, New York. Pritzker who, with his sister Liesel Matthews, sued his genetic-material-benefactors for $500 million from their Hyatt Hotels, TransUnion Credit Bureau, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines-built fortune, is now one of the two richest young adults in the world, his sister being the other. These kids put the Olsen twins to shame, and Lindsay Lohan's BFF, oil heir Brandon Davis, too-- and Pritzker is flying to such hum drum destinations as Boca, Georgia, and White Plains?

Incidentally, there's nothing wrong with Boca (our grandmothers live there), Georgia ("North Carolina On My Mind" just doesn't have the same ring to it), and White Plains (actually, no, White Plains is pretty much useless), but don't you think a young man worth half a billion dollars should be going to, say, Vegas, Bali, Cannes? Shouldn't he be jetsetting (or planesetting, as it were), to places where he could get into some sort of trouble, other than being late for Mrs. Goldstein's Shabbat dinner? Come on, Pritzker! Go to Fiji tonight and wake up in a hotel in Greece tomorrow! Hide the evidence that you were ever in a hotel room with a dead hooker in Madrid; chill in Nambia and adopt a child with Angelina Jolie; for Christ sake, skin your knees, get dirty, have some fun! Next time we stalk your whereabouts, there'd better be some evidence that you're spending your $500 million unwisely-- and that's an order.
Planespotting: Middle Aged Rich Man-Style
In this Unshockingly Obvious Edition of Planespotting, we bring you something that you obviously already know: middle aged rich men like to play golf. Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream IV-- owned by Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital-- flew from Dulles Int'l to Savannah/Hilton Head Int'l on Saturday, June 3, so that Mr. Moritz could-- presumably--knock a few balls with his--presumably--large club. The following Tuesday, Gulfstream travelled from Teterboro, NJ to Las Vegas; prior to that, it also skipped on over to Boston and San Jose, but we're highlighting the desert destination because this is the Unshockingly Obvious Edition of Planespotting and guess what? Middle aged rich men like to not only play with small white balls but with poker chips and show girls, too.
Planespotting With The Un-aesthetically Pleasing
When somebody's unattractive and they know it, we have to stand back and give credit where credit's due. This person, place, or thing might not be easy to look at, no, but the fact that it's aware of such a thing and acts accordingly is, well, totally refreshing and much appreciated. K(entucky) F(ried) C(hicken), of chicken-in-a-bucket fame, is one such person, place or thing. Recently-- May 31 and June 6, to be exact--, the Colonel's Canadair CL-600 Challenger 604 flew to Columbus, Ohio and Lousiville, Kentucky, respectively. Now, to the naked eye, we understand that "Columbus, Ohio" and "Louisville, Kentucky" don't necessarily correlate to a reality of being ugly and a knowledge/acceptance thereof, but to cultural anthropologists like us at, that's exactly what such things do. If KFC either A. was attractive or B. wasn't attractive but thought it was, you could be sure our stalking-searches would produce evidence that it'd travelled to locales such as Maui, LA, or Miami-- you know, places where the average human being's hotness quotient is somewhat higher than that of Ed O'Neill. But KFC has a firm grip on what's up and, therefore, does not subject us to such things. And for that, we salute you, KFC.
Planespotting: 87 SWF seeks 87+ SWM (Who Is Also Really Loaded)
Leonore Annenberg is probably trolling for a new husband. Annenberg-- or Leo, as we like to call her-- is the second wife of the late Walter Annenberg, who died in 2002, leaving Big L-- we also call her that-- with the majority of his $4 billion estate. And it's not that the widow (who was also previously married to Lewis Rosenstiel of Schenley Distillers) is being greedy, and we're not "sayin' she's a gold digger" but, the thing of it is-- those hip replacements don't come cheap. As such, Anneberg's Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream V was recently (June 5) spotted landing at Rich White Man Int'l, or Hilton Head Int'l, for those of you who work for the FAA and/or don't appreciate a little airport humor. Best of luck to you in your search LeA-- cute, no?-- and do let us know where you'll be registering.
Planespotting: We're Going To War With Turkey
A few years back, deep into our CIA Obsession phase, we reported that the government's Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream V had taken a trip to Iraq. We speculated that perhaps those adorably intelligent boys were planning on taking a boat ride on the Euphrates, or praying at the Shrine of Ali in Najaf, or checking out the Hatra ruins; just really fun, relaxing stuff. And then we awkwardly found out that the visit was more of a working-vacation and, to be honest, we were pretty embarassed about our lack of war-dar. We felt like one of those girls who watches her boyfriend head out of the apartment wearing leather assless chaps with another man wearing a baby tee that says "Don't Wish Your Boyfriend Was Hot Like Me?" and still thinks to herself-- "Someday, I'm going to marry that guy." So, although immediately after discovering that the GAG V flew to the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on May 21, we thought, "Someone's got a craving for a shis-kebab with a side of flatbread," we forced ourselves to step back, tak a deep breath, and say, "Fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on Dealbreaker." So in an effort not to be that girl, we're telling you this: we're going to war with Turkey.
Planespotting: Important Reminders To Important Heiresses
Specifically, an important reminder to an important heiress named Paris: spring break is over (and has been for about two and a half months). Between June 7 and 8, the Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream V licensed to the Hilton Hotels Corp. flew from Van Nuys, CA to Cancun and back, twice. Sure, maybe Paris wasn't the one using the plane, but by our Planespotting Scientific Process of Elimination (PSPE), we've pretty much ascertained to a degree of almost certainty that the Hilton GAG was being using by none other than the Gag Reflex Queen herself. Think about it-- Paris's dad has a job; her mom is likely gearing up for another ridiculously bad reality TV show; and her sister pretty much has her hands full being Kevin Connolly's too tall for him girlfriend. So you see, it was Professor Paris, in the Gulfstream, with the candlestick (or rat resembling dog, more probably). Paris, don't make us send a message to your Sidekick-- spring break is over, bitch!
Planespotting: A New Regime at J.Crew?
That's the only explanation we can come up with for the fact that Millard "Mickey" Drexler, once called the "Merchant Prince" during his golden years at The Gap (before he was fired), hasn't used his Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream IV since his trip from North Eleuthera to Wilmington, NC, on November 13, 2005-- that's right, last year. Since his banishment from The Gap, some two years ago, Drexler has been at J.Crew, kicking ass and taking names, or "logos off clothes," as it were. He has been quoted as saying, "You can't run a business without taking risks" and likely miquoted as saying "Oh my god, I have the perfect pair of nantucket reds for you to wear with that absolutely adorable new two-button polo; trust me, I know what I'm talking about." Is Mickey trying to scale back his spending, after being given the pink slip, again? Who knows. But that's what we're thinking.
Planespotting: Russell Carson Has Really Made Something Of Himself
This Planespotting update is such a heartwarming tale. On May 29, Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe (WCAS) General Partner Russell Carson's Cessna Citation Excel flew from the Bahamas to Palm Beach and, well, we could just not be more proud. Ordinarly, news of a trip of this kind wouldn't even garner a nod from our direction, but this time, it's really something special. Carson, you see, was born in 1943 and, according to a bevy of sites on the World Wide Web, attended public high school in Toledo, Ohio. It is, then, remarkable that he was able to pull himself up by the boot straps and overcome his less than education, and graduate from Dartmouth College in 1965 with a degree in economics. Even more so shocking is that Carson was able to parlay his four years at what is, arguably, one of the sub-est par Ivies on the block, into a letter of acceptance to Columbia Business School, and an M.B.A. in 1967. He then went on to become a partner at WCAS, one of the country's largest investment firms and later, as you well know, fly from the Bahamas to Palm Beach. It's a Planspotting Christmas miracle!, and we're just so happy we could share it with you.