The 72-year-old billionaire inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner just set a real-estate record in Singapore - and his new penthouse sits on the top floors of the city's tallest building

James DysonAP Photo/Rob Bennett

The billionaire behind bagless vacuum cleaners just set a real-estate record in the world's most expensive city.

James Dyson, founder of Dyson Ltd., and his wife Deirdre Hindmarsh just bought the most expensive penthouse in Singapore for $54.2 million, according to the local news source the Business Times. The British billionaire has a net worth of $12.7 billion.

The deal surpassed the $44 million Singapore penthouse that Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin purchased in 2017, which previously held the record.

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The Dysons' penthouse spans the top three floors of Singapore's tallest building, the Wallich Residence, and boasts amenities like an infinity pool, BBQ pit, jacuzzi, and a private elevator, according to Bloomberg.

singapore skylineAn office worker walks along the Singapore River front during the lunch hour.Wong Maye-E/AP

The purchase comes nearly five months after news broke that the Dyson Ltd. headquarters was being moved from the UK to Singapore.

According to CNN, other penthouse perks include a concierge team that will manage everything from chartering private jets and yachts to organizing dinner parties for the Dysons.

The Dysons' purchase joins a series of other major real-estate transactions so far in 2019. In June, Business Insider's Paige Leskin reported that Jeff Bezos purchased a New York City penthouse along with two units below it for an estimated $80 million. Bezos' purchase is believed to be the second-most expensive home to close in New York City. NYC's real-estate record currently belongs to hedge-fund billionaire Ken Griffin, who bought a $238 million NYC penthouse, the most expensive home ever sold in the US, in January of 2019.
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