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David Neeleman Bio, Wiki, Net Worth, Wife, New Airline, Family and JetBlue

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David Neeleman is a Brazillian, Cypriot American entrepreneur who was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and brought up Utah, United States of America. Neeleman is the founder of Morris Air, JetBlue, Westjet, Azul, Open Skies, and Breeze Airways.


David was born on Oct 16, 1959, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He celebrates his birthday on Oct 16 yearly. Neeleman will be 61 years of age on Oct 16, 2020.


David stands at an average height and moderate weight. He appears to be quite tall in stature if his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. Nevertheless, we are keeping tabs and as soon as this information is available we shall update Neeleman’s exact height and weight.


Details about David’s early education aren’t available, however, he attended the University of Utah. Additionally, Neeleman attended the David Eccles School of Business.

David Neeleman Family

David was born to both parents in a large-sized family in Brazil, however, he left Brazil at 5 years of age. His father Gary Neeleman has worked in the newspaper business all his life. His mother Rose Neeleman has authored a recipe book titled A Taste of Brazil. Neeleman has four siblings, brothers Mark Neeleman, Stephen Neeleman, and two sisters Julie Neeleman Millard and Pamela Neeleman-Clark.

Mark Neeleman is the founder and CEO of Bamazon Technologies while Stephen Neeleman is the Vice Chairman of HealthEquity. David’s sister Pamela Neeleman-Clark works in the real estate industry based in Utah.

David Neeleman Wife

David was married to Vicki Vranes. The couple tied the knot in 1980 but got divorced in 2013. Nevertheless, the couple is blessed with ten children. Some of his children include Isabella and Vanessa. Details about the couple’s children are currently unavailable.

Furthermore, to finalize the 33-year marriage, Neeleman’s ex-wife received multiple million dollars as compensation.

David Neeleman Salary

David receives a salary of slightly above $200 Thousand as JetBlue CEO. Additionally, Neeleman receives bonuses and other salaries as the founder of Morris Air, Westjet, Azul, Open Skies, and Breeze Airlines.

David Neeleman Net Worth

David has enjoyed a long career in the business industry spanning more than four decades. Through proceeds from his work as an entrepreneur, he has been able to accumulate a huge fortune. Neeleman has an estimated net worth of $400 million in 2020.

David Neeleman Measurements and Facts 

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about David.

David Neeleman Bio and Wiki

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David Neeleman and Brother Steve Picture
  • Full Names: David Gary Neeleman
  • Popular As: David Neeleman
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation / Profession: Entrepreneur
  • Nationality: Brazillian, Cypriot American
  • Race / Ethnicity: White
  • Religion: Mormon
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight

David Neeleman Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 60 years (2019)
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Date of Birth: Oct 16, 1959
  • Place of Birth: Sao Paulo
  • Birthday: Oct 16

David Neeleman Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: Not Available
  • Height / How Tall?: Not Known
  • Weight: Not Known
  • Eye Color: Not Available
  • Hair Color: White
  • Shoe Size: Not Available
  • Dress Size: Not Available
  • Breast Size: Not Available
  • Waist Size: Not Available
  • Hip Size: Not Available

David Neeleman Family and Relationship

  • Father (Dad): Gary Neeleman
  • Mother: Rose Neeleman
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Mark Neeleman, Stephen Neeleman, Julie Neeleman Millard, and Pamela Neeleman-Clark
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Wife/Spouse: Was married to Vicki Vranes
  • Dating / Girlfriend: Single
  • Children:  Sons (9 children) Daughter(s) (Isabella and Vanessa)

David Neeleman Networth and Salary

  • Net Worth: $400 million
  • Salary: $200 Thousand
  • Source of Income: Multiple businesses

David Neeleman House and Cars

  • Place of living: New Canaan, CT

David Neeleman New Airline

David acquired his new airline Breeze Airways recently in early 2020. Breeze Airways adds up to his previous four collections of airlines, Morris Air, JetBlue, Westjet, Azul, and Open Skies. Breeze Airways will start operation in late 2020. During its launch, Neeleman described his new airline as the World’s Nicest airline.

Neeleman’s new airline will start fleeing to small/ mid-size cities that don’t have direct airline services from Brazil airlines in late 2020 because of Covid-19 which has created an uncertain market. Moreover, another reason for the delay is Breeze has placed an order for 60 new Airbus A220-300 aircraft and leasehold 30 5- to 10-year-old Embraer E195 jets from Azul Brazilian Airlines.

Neeleman has referred to Breeze Airline as the World’s Nicest airline because:

  • It will include a travel booking tool/ app that enables the passenger to book a flight, a hotel, a rental car, or to make changes to their travel plans without communicating with any human/ airline employee.
  • Additionally, Breeze passengers will be able to access entertainment through tablets, smartphones, or laptops and WiFi which will be provided by the New Airline.

David Neeleman JetBlue

David founded JetBlue (formerly NewAir) in Feb 1999 where he worked as the CEO until May 2007. JetBlue is an American low-cost airline that has operational bases in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, New York–JFK, Orlando, and San Juan. Furthermore, JetBlue flies to 100 different destinations.

Additionally, Neeleman worked as the chairman of the board until May 21, 2008, when he was replaced by Joel Peterson. Furthermore, Neeleman received a salary of $200,000 minus bonuses in 2002. Furthermore, he donated all his salary to the JetBlue Crewmember Crisis Fund in 2002.

Despite owning JetBlue, David always sat in the last row where the airline seats did not recline during its early years. Furthermore, JetBlue has a market capitalization of $4.5 Billion and shares go for $11.21 in 2020.

David Neeleman Moxy

David’s new airline was previously called Moxy, however, he had to change the name to Breeze Airways since it created a conflict of interest with Moxy hotel. Marriott, owner to Moxy Hotel filed a complaint about the name, thus Neeleman adopted the name Breeze Airways from his company Breeze Aviation Group.

David Neeleman Azul

Besides Morris Air and JetBlue Airways, David is also the founder of Azul Brazilian Airlines. Neeleman found Azul Brazilian Airways on May 5, 2008. Azul Brazilian Airways has its operational base in Barueri, furthermore, it has a large fleet of 142 planes and operates in 113 different destinations. Additionally, Azul Brazilian Airlines is the third-largest airline in Brazil.

Furthermore, Neeleman borrowed a $30 million personal loan from Azul Brazilian Airlines in 2019 in order to invest in TAP Air Portugal Group and Breeze Airlines. Thus he had to sell nine million of his shares. Nevertheless, David is still Azul’s controlling shareholder.

David Neeleman Book

David has not authored any book currently, however, James Wynbrandt has authored a book that looks into Neeleman’s early life history and ventures into the airline business. Additionally, the book shares and explains David’s principals and rules to business. James Wynbrandt’s book is titled ‘How JetBlue Founder and CEO David Neeleman Beats the Competition… Even in the World’s Most Turbulent Industry’. Moreover, the book is available for sale on Amazon.

Furthermore, Neeleman’s mother has authored the book titled A Taste of Brazil which is also available on Amazon.

David Neeleman Email and Contact

For any business details, you can contact David through his official email address

David Neeleman New Canaan

David purchased the Chateau Fleur de Lys mansion located in New Canaan for his then-wife Vicki Neeleman. The New Canaan mansion sits on 20,000 square foot and has eight bedrooms and eight baths.

Additionally, the mansion has an indoor sports court, theater, a library, a marble, and wooden fireplace, and two four-level elevators. The New Canaan house has multiple exquisite features just to name a few.

David Neeleman Mormon

David is one of the well-known members of the Mormon religion. Furthermore, Neeleman believes in John Smith and attends The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FAQs About David Neeleman

Who is David Neeleman?

David is an accomplished Brazillian, Cypriot American entrepreneur who is the founder of Morris Air, JetBlue, Westjet, Azul, Open Skies, and Breeze Airways.

How old is David Neeleman?

Neeleman is a Brazillian, Cypriot American national born on 16 Oct 1969, in Sao Paulo.

How tall is David Neeleman?

David stands at an average height, he has not shared his exact height with the public. Nevertheless, as soon as this information is available we shall update his height immediately.

Is David Neeleman married?

No, he is divorced. David was married to Vicki Vranes and they share ten children together.

How much is David Neeleman worth?

Neeleman has an approximate net worth of $400 million from his successful career as a business person.

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