See inside Dyson’s new £43 million Singapore penthouse
PUBLISHED: 13:36 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:37 18 July 2019
Cromer-born Sir James Dyson has splashed out £43 million to buy the most expensive property in Singapore, just weeks after agreeing to a £18.75m ‘gift’ for his former Norfolk school.
The Brexiteer business leader, who is thought to be the UK's fifth richest person with a net worth of £12.6 billion, announced in January he was moving his firm's headquarters from Britain to the Asian city-state.
Sir James, 72, has bought a 99-year lease on the five-bedroom 'Super Penthouse' in a building called the Wallich Residence - Singapore's tallest building.
The penthouse spans the 62nd, 63rd and 64th floors of the skyscraper, and includes a private garden, deck with a 12-metre pool, jacuzzi room and private viewing deck.
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The 21,108 sq ft flat is serviced by a private butler, available around the clock, seven days a week.
According to a booklet produced by GuocoLand, the building's developer: "No request is too trivial and be assured that every detail will be meticulously attended to. Service is on hand without question."
Last month, Dyson announced he was giving almost £20m to his former school's Gresham's in Holt, to fund a science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) building.
Sir James has always been grateful to Gresham's because the school continued to fund his education after the death of his father at age nine.
Plans for the new education centre were warmly received by parents and Holt residents at a meeting at the school on July 11. At the meeting, Sue Crick, who lives next to the school, said: "I think it is fantastic for the children and wonderful for the town."
In an exclusive interview with this newspaper in June, Sir James told of his fond memories of growing up in north Norfolk and attending Gresham's - although he favoured non-academic pursuits.
"I wasn't a very good pupil," he said. "But I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I played the bugle and the bassoon, and I acted in every play I could act in.
"I did art as well, and started running competitively in my early teens. I think I made the most of my education without concentrating a lot on the academic stuff."
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