Photos: A trip aboard Miami billionaire John Ruiz’s new 767 luxury private jet

John H. Ruiz does not stop. The billionaire lawyer says he only sleeps about three and a half hours each night, and when he’s not sleeping, he’s working – whether that means running his multibillion-dollar law firm, MSP Recovery, or researching a new football stadium site for his alma mater, the University of Miami (UM).

Even his recently refurbished private plane, a Boeing 767, which was previously a Qantas passenger plane, is meant to be a mobile office where Ruiz and his employees can work and stay online while traveling the country for business and meetings.

“Connectivity to the outside world when you’re traveling is important. Wi-Fi, bandwidth, being able to show projects on those screens so we can work while we’re traveling is extremely important,” Ruiz said. new times as he sat on a couch in the plane’s theater and entertainment area. “I’m someone who doesn’t do much other than work a lot.”

Click to enlarge Billionaire John H. Ruiz (left) with VIP Completions Chairman Ben Shirazi (right) in front of Ruiz's recently refurbished private Boeing 767.  - PHOTO BY JOSHUA CEBALLOS

Billionaire John H. Ruiz (left) with VIP Completions President Ben Shirazi (right) in front of Ruiz’s newly refurbished private Boeing 767.

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Media and spectators gathered on Wednesday afternoon to tour Ruiz’s plane, recently refurbished by VIP Completions, an aircraft maintenance company specializing in luxury interiors for private planes for the ultra-wealthy. Members of the press were invited and transported in premium Ubers – paid for via a one-day voucher by the public relations company of VIP Completions – to the company’s private hangar and office at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood.

The office bears witness to the wealth of the company’s clientele. A private bar is stocked with bottles of Don Julio 1942 and Casa Dragones tequila. In the bathroom, there’s a painting of the Monopoly Man on a private jet with cartoon money bags – a decor detail that’s perhaps too on the nose but nonetheless fun to ponder while you relax. relieve.

Click to enlarge A painting in the toilets of VIP Completions' private hangar and office.  - PHOTO BY JOSHUA CEBALLOS

A painting in the toilets of VIP Completions’ private hangar and office.

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In the hangar itself, women wearing Gucci handbags and designer dresses mingle at brunch alongside two private jets that VIP Completions refurbishes for other guests. Next to them is another piece from Ruiz’s collection: the 1949 Buick Roadmaster from the movie. rain man.

Ruiz presents himself with a distinctly “cool guy” demeanor, dressed smartly yet casually in a sports coat, denim jeans, sneakers and Gucci sunglasses.

Although this was once a passenger plane, it’s hard to imagine hundreds of Australian passengers sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on this aircraft. The plane is more like a penthouse suite in a luxury hotel flying through the air. In the master bedroom there is a queen bed and a full bathroom with a shower. There is not one but of them living rooms furnished with sofas that convert into guest beds, as well as a separate dining/conference room and the aforementioned theatre.

Click to enlarge One of the two showers on Ruiz's plane - PHOTO BY JOSHUA CEBALLOS

One of the two showers on Ruiz’s plane

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The plane, which previously held about 300 passengers, can now accommodate 30 people and can comfortably hold about 17 overnight passengers, says VIP Completions president Ben Shirazi, who can’t remember if it’s the fifth. or the sixth plane his company refurbished for Ruiz.

“John is a serial entrepreneur,” says Shirazi new times. “He always has 15 different things he does.”

The plane is more like a penthouse suite in a luxury hotel flying through the air.

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This plane, however, is the most time-consuming project that VIP Completions has…completed. The remodel took over six months and cost nearly $10 million. Although VIP Completions bought the plane for Ruiz from another billionaire who had already configured the bedroom and entertainment areas, the company renovated the interior with new surfaces and fixtures, including leather seats. , new sleek cabinets, LEDs and TV screens.

Click to enlarge The dining/conference room on Ruiz's plane - PHOTO BY JOSHUA CEBALLOS

The dining/conference room in Ruiz’s plane

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Before the plane takes off for his 20-minute press conference along the coast to Opa-locka Executive Airport, Ruiz remarks that 15 years ago he was afraid to fly. At the time, he wasn’t hugely wealthy, nor did he spend his days flying helicopters over Miami to scout potential football stadium sites.

Although previously a high school sportscaster and cable TV host, Ruiz has made a name for himself and money as a lawyer, most recently and profitably with MSP Recovery. The company started as a business that specialized in collecting insurance payments to health care providers made by the government through Medicaid and Medicare when they should have been paid by another liable party, such as an auto insurer. . Using software developed by Ruiz, his company identifies insurance claims that have not been paid by the responsible party and pursues them in court, collecting double damages.

MSP Recovery became a parent company for Ruiz’s various other businesses, such as LifeWallet, a healthcare app that gives users access to their medical history and documents. Ruiz also invested in other industries he liked, including buying Cigarette Racing boat builders.

VIP Completions President Ben Shirazi cannot recall whether this is the fifth or sixth plane his company is refurbishing for Ruiz.

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Most recently, Ruiz shocked UM fans — and the city of Coral Gables — when he announced he wanted to build a new stadium on the current site of Coral Gables Senior High, not far from the main campus of UM. ‘university. (He made the announcement without consulting either the city or Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which owns the land where the high school is located. Since the Orange Bowl closed in 2008, the Miami Hurricanes have played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens; Ruiz, a UM alum, wanted to boost attendance and morale.

Ruiz was also involved in the selection of new UM football coach Mario Cristobal, to whom he is related by marriage. Additionally, Ruiz has signed multiple college football players to million-dollar marketing deals through LifeWallet under the NCAA’s new name, image and likeness rules that allow college athletes to take advantage of their own brands. LifeWallet has signed other college athletes, such as Kansas State University’s Nijel Pack, to marketing deals, and Ruiz intends to fly the athletes he signs on his new plane.

Click to enlarge John H. Ruiz (left) with Ben Shirazi (right) and Diana Diaz (middle right) in the Airplane Theater - PHOTO BY JOSHUA CEBALLOS

John H. Ruiz (left) with Ben Shirazi (right) and Diana Diaz (middle right) in the airplane theater

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The short flight aboard Ruiz’s plane goes rather leisurely, punctuated by a brief jolt of turbulence that sends reporters and selfie-taking influencers rushing to their cushioned sofa seats. Ruiz periodically pokes his head through each room and remarks to his guests and partners how nice his latest acquisition is.

“Big ass bird, huh? he tells Diana Diaz, a former WSVN reporter and current MSP leader.

“Yeah, that’s good, John,” Diaz replies.

Click to enlarge A Rolls Royce escorts Ruiz from his private plane at Opa-Locka Executive Airport – PHOTO BY JOSHUA CEBALLOS

A Rolls Royce escorts Ruiz from his private plane at Opa-Locka Executive Airport

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The wheels land in Opa-locka at 3 p.m., where a Rolls Royce and a Range Rover await Ruiz, Diaz and their associates. Media, PR and other onlookers drive a white airport van to the nearest drop-off point to wait for their luxury Ubers to return to reality.

In addition to serving as an office in the sky, Ruiz says, he intends to charter his plane for private flights. These flights are unlikely to be for those who take vans over Rolls Royces and Range Rovers, but perhaps for those who can afford to dream of multi-million dollar stadiums in their spare time.

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