There’s a good chance you’ve probably never heard of Miami-based businessman John H. Ruiz. The 55-year-old lawyer’s name doesn’t appear on any billionaire’s list, but his personal fortune has skyrocketed over the past few years, which is evidenced by his purchase of a new personal asset – a Boeing 767 VIP private jet. A 767 is absurdly large for a privately owned 48.5 meter long aircraft. In fact, it is the fifth largest aircraft ever produced by Boeing. Only a few people on the planet can boast of owning one of these amazing aircraft. Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich is one of those who used to own a Boeing 767, which he replaced with a 787 last year.
The aircraft purchased by Ruiz earlier this year is a second-hand Boeing 767-200 (ER), one of 121 models made by the US aircraft manufacturer. The 767-200 (ER) entered service in 1984 as the first long-range variant of the 767 family and was also the first 767 to complete a non-stop transatlantic flight. In its passenger jet form, the 200ER is capable of accommodating up to 216 passengers.
However, the billionaire commissioned Florida-based VIP Completions, the provider of aircraft completion and refurbishment services, to repair the entire wide-body plane and turn it into a flying palace. 767 is the fourth project that VIP Completions has handed over to Ruiz. The company previously refurbished the billionaire’s Gulfstream GIVSP, Cessna Citation X and Gulfstream G550 and has now begun work on the Sikorsky S-92A.
Before handing over the converted plane to Ruiz, the customization firm invited real estate agent and vlogger Enes Yilmazer for a private tour of the amazing plane, thanks to which we got a chance to get a closer look at the private plane through his detailed YouTube video.
The video comprehensively covers all the special treatment the aircraft receives, including its special coloration on the outside and all the luxurious materials used inside the cabin. Completely customized with two large rooms, two lounges, four bathrooms, a private cinema and DJ station, and a formal dining room, the converted Royce 767 is one of the coolest VIP private jets out there.
Yilmazer begins his video by talking about the supercar-inspired black-and-white-wrapped exterior of the aircraft, especially the pattern on the engine covers that mimics carbon fibre. Interestingly enough, the 767 is the largest project undertaken by VIP Completions to date. According to Business Insider, the Florida-based company worked closely with Ruiz to create the plane’s uber-luxe interior. Featuring the same bold, modern color scheme of black and white and different shades of grey, the cool interior has been customized to suit his “personality and passion”.
The cabin is divided into six distinct living spaces, which include two master rooms. One of them is the master bedroom which has enough space for a queen size bed and is still not cramped.
There is a huge TV on the wall facing the bed, while the en suite bathroom has a double dressing table with marble countertops, a full-size rain-head shower, a makeup base and a toilet hidden under the seats. The master bedroom is attached to the second deluxe room which can easily be converted into a lounge area.
The centerpiece of the private jet is the main lounge containing an 80-inch home cinema, a DJ station with a premium sound system along with a full dining table for up to 7 people. The aircraft has two galleys, one small in the front and one full-size in the rear. The entire cabin is finished with some of the most luxurious materials, including aircraft leather.
Things like high-speed internet, high-resolution audio, and full-spectrum LED lighting can all be controlled using a state-of-the-art dedicated cabin management system. According to VIP Completions president Ben Shirazi, the custom 767 is “more like a luxury home than a business jet.” Have a look at the video; Ruiz’s private jet is simply amazing!
Who is John H Ruiz?
Ruiz was born in Miami Beach in 1967 to Cuban immigrants who worked three jobs simultaneously to support the family. During his teenage years, he made money building light shows for events and working as a DJ. However, he always wanted to be a lawyer and graduated from Nova Southeastern Shepherd Broad School of Law in 1991. In 1992, he started his own practice after borrowing $800 from his father and starting his entrepreneurial journey. Five years later, Ruiz had his first major success when his lawsuit resulted in a $3.5 billion settlement, earning him more than $10 million in fees and credibility in the legal field.
Later, Ruiz became a television personality through a Spanish-language program called La Ley con John H. Ruiz that ran from 2002 to 2016 and discussed things like foreclosures, bankruptcy, and other legal topics. In 2014, Ruiz founded MSP Recovery, which is described as “the fastest growing data analysis company in the USA” on its official website. The company is currently trying to go public with a value of $33 billion. With a 70% stake in the company, Ruiz is expected to make close to $23 billion if it does. Last year, Ruiz also bought legendary high-performance boat maker Cigarette Racing and made his son the company’s CEO.