Billionaire James Dyson just sold his Singapore penthouse at a massive loss a year after his company scrapped plans to design an electric vehicle in the city

Mary Meisenzahl
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Wallich Residence
Wallich Residence. GuocoLand
  • Dyson founder James Dyson just sold Singapore's most expensive penthouse at a loss.

  • He purchased the home in 2019 for $54.2 million after announcing Dyson was moving its headquarters to Singapore.

  • Since then, Dyson cancelled its hyped electric car project because it was not commercially viable.

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James Dyson, billionaire inventor of the Dyson vacuum, just sold the largest and most expensive penthouse in Singapore. He's selling the massive penthouse to Indonesian billionaire Leo Koguan for a reported $47 billion. Despite the huge price tag, the sale represents a $7 million loss for Dyson, who bought the penthouse in 2019 for $54 million.

The 21,000 square foot residence takes up the top three floors of Guoco Tower, the tallest building in the city, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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Dyson is best known for its vacuum cleaners, but last year the company moved to a new Singapore headquarters, which was supposed to be the site of a new electric car project because it was closer to suppliers and Asian markets where it would eventually be sold. It was planned to debut in 2021. 

In October 2019, Dyson announced that the elctric car project was officially dead. Dyson said that though engineers had developed a "fantastic" car, it was "not commercially viable" and the company could not find a buyer. Now, almost exactly a year later Dyson is losing out on millions in the sale of his penthouse.

Take a look at the building.

The penthouse is part of the 64 story Guoco Tower in Singapore.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

The tallest building in Singapore, Guoco Tower is located in the desirable Tanjong Pagar neighborhood in the business district.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

Designers integrated some sustainable aspects, like solar panels as a roof over one of the public spaces.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

The building is mixed use, with offices, stores and residences.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

With a hotel and park as well, the website describes Guoco Tower as a "vertical city."

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

181 luxury apartments on floors 39 through 64 make up the Wallich Residence.

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Guoco Tower Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

Apartments range in size, with one bedrooms to four bedrooms, plus three junior penthouses and one "super penthouse" that was sold by Dyson.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

Even the lowest priced one bedroom units start at over $1.5 million, and junior penthouses start at around $12 million.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

The Wallich apartments have a few shared common areas, including the main lobby seen here.

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Wallich Residence. GuocoLand

The Wallich room is a formal dining room that residents can reserve.

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Wallich Residence. GuocoLand

As the tallest building in Singapore, residents have access to the Apex observatory for panoramic views of the city.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

Other communal areas, like the library and networking room, are also high enough to get stunning views, in an area of the building called Cloud 220 for its height above the clouds.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

A 567 car parking lot is also a luxury in a city where space is at a premium.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

The Super Penthouse has the most luxurious amenities of all, including a private garden and rooftop terrace.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

The 21,100 square foot residence has five bedrooms and occupies the top three floors of the tower, making it the single highest point in all of Singapore.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

It also has a 600 bottle wine cellar, cabana, and lap pool.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

Professional chefs and bartenders are available as well.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

The Wallich butler service, which is on call 24/7, might be the greatest luxury of all.

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Guoco Tower. Photo Courtesy of SOM/Studio Periphery

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