Teen Who Tracked Elon Musk’s Jet Is Now Chasing Russian Tycoons

After soaring to internet fame — and drawing the ire of the world’s richest person — with his viral Twitter account “Elon’s Jet,” Sweeney is now tracking the planes of some of Russia’s richest people, as they come under increasing international pressure over the country’s  invasion of Ukraine.

While the 19-year-old is hardly the only person to offer such services, what makes Sweeney’s accounts so unique is their easy accessibility and the enticing window they offer into the lives of today’s billionaires. 

Colby Howard, the president of Paragon Intel — which provides corporate aviation intelligence through its product JetTrack — told Bloomberg that Sweeney’s Twitter accounts are the “People Magazine version” of corporate aviation intelligence.

“People are obsessed with wealth more than ever. It’s almost a form of paparazzi, that’s why this is popular,” Howard said.

Sweeney, for his part, says he started the accounts after receiving numerous requests to track the aircrafts of Russia’s oligarchs. Using a list of planes being tracked by a blog called “Radar Spots,” the teen was able to quickly set up yet another Twitter account. It’s garnered more than 53,000 followers in just a matter of days.

“The aircrafts these oligarchs have are absolutely crazy,” Sweeney told Bloomberg, noting that Russia’s richest people were traveling on commercial-sized aircrafts like an Airbus A319 and Boeing 737. “Their planes are huge compared to other jets.”

The Russian Oligarch Jets account tracks various aircrafts from helicopters, private jets, and commercial-sized airplanes, including those owned by Vladimir Potanin — Russia’s richest person — Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and steel billionaire Alexander Abramov.

While it may be fascinating for the average person to see where the Russian oligarchs are jet setting to next, Paragon’s Howard notes that it doesn’t include information to contextualize the flights — like who may be on the flights or the historical significance of the movement and other information that would be needed by intelligence officers or investors to make critical decisions.

“One jet flying through Miami holding who knows who doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t tell you what information matters and what context do you need to make an decision,” Howard said.

Original Article: Teen Who Tracked Elon Musk’s Jet Is Now Chasing Russian Tycoons (msn.com)

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  1. So a billionaire who has worked for years will be punished because a 19 year old deems him an oligarch

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