Kagame Is A Member Of An Unusual Club – Owners Of Gulfstream Jets Who Are Mostly Billionaires

By David Himbara

The Gulfstream is described as the world’s most advanced business jet aircraft. With a price tag of US$65 million, the Gulfstream executive jet is a dream machine for billionaires. Billionaire owners of the Gulfstream include the following:

  1. Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive of Oracle Corporation, one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies.
  2. Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft Corporation.
  3. Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, the world’s largest online shopping retailer.
  4. Jim Crane, chairman and chief executive of Crane Capital Group, and owner of the Houston Astros, the American professional baseball team based in Houston.
  5. Laurene Powell Jobs, who inherited Steve Jobs’ 5.5 million shares in Apple, worth US$7 billion and a 7% stake in The Walt Disney company worth US$9 billion.
  6. Ralph Lauren, an American fashion designer, and owner of the Ralph Lauren Corporation clothing company.
  7. Elon Musk, owner of Tesla Motors.
  8. Steven Spielberg, the famous filmmaker and co-founder of DreamWorks Studios.
  9. Oprah Winfrey, the famous American talkshow host.
  10. Nancy Walton Laurie, heiress to a US$ 4 billion Walmart shares fortune.


So why does Kagame belong to this club of billionaires?


Kagame is easily the most travelled president in the world. He evidently needs comfort and luxury of the Gulfstream. Here are Kagame’s trips in 2018, and 2017.

Kagame’s 2018 by mid-April

  1. March 25, Uganda
  2. March 11, India
  3. February 17, Germany
  4. January 24, Switzerland
  5. January 27, Ethiopia
  6. January 14, Tanzania

Kagame’s trips in 2017

  1. December 20, Sudan
  2. December 11, Ghana
  3. December 8, Egypt
  4. November 28, Ivory Coast
  5. November 28, Kenya
  6. November 6, Britain
  7. October 19, Congo
  8. October 18, Britain
  9. October 14, United States
  10. September 16, United States
  11. July 10, Israel
  12. June 13, Germany
  13. June 7, Belgium
  14. June 8, Switzerland
  15. May 12, United States
  16. April 23, Guinea
  17. April 18, Djibouti
  18. March 26, United States
  19. March 20, Italy
  20. March 16, Hong Kong
  21. March 17, China
  22. March 10, United States
  23. March 7, Britain
  24. February 17, Germany
  25. January 28, Germany
  26. January 17, Switzerland
  27. January 14, Mali
  28. January 9, India

How might we explain Kagame’s addiction to foreign trips?

 Kagame’s trips are mostly to spread his propaganda.


Unlike fellow members of Gulfstream owners, Kagame is not a billionaire businessperson. He is the head of state of one of the poorest countries in world. With a per capita income of US$702, there are only 17 countries in the world that are poorer than Rwanda.

We must therefore raised this question: Why does this man make so many trips? First, Kagame has to continuously sell his propaganda that he turned Rwanda into an African success story. Second, Kagame is desperate to appear a global leader on international stage. Third, each time Kagame makes a trip, he makes a huge amount of money for Crystal Ventures Ltd (CVL). CVL is the business empire of Kagame’s ruling party, which owns the Gulfstream that Kagame charters for his global travels. Fourthly, Kagame often needs medical attention and relaxation away from Rwanda due to his paranoia about possible harm from his internal enemies. Using a US$65 million aircraft to pursue these misplaced agendas is more than absurd.