Over the weekend, popular renovation show, The Block, had its long-awaited auction episode, where contestants made up to $1 million profit after six months of gruelling construction work.
But while many wondered if this year’s auctions would pull the same results as previous seasons due to the devastation of Covid-19, any trace of trepidation was put to rest almost immediately, thanks to Danny Wallis.
Wallis kissed goodbye nearly $12 million, after he purchased not one, not two, but three houses from this year’s The Block.
Wallis battled it out to win Sarah and George’s ($4,002,000), Daniel and Jade’s ($3,800,000) and Harry and Tash’s house ($4,000,000) – but he actually bid on all five houses.
It’s not his first foray into The Block property market either: last year, Wallis bought Mitch and Mark’s property for $3.374 million, after bidding on all houses. And, in 2012, Wallis bought one of the properties for $1.4 million.
Speaking on radio over the weekend, Wallis just said: “It was an expensive day, but we’ve been locked up for the last few months, so it was time to go shopping.”
Surprisingly, Wallis even admitted to not inspecting the houses he threw millions at, saying his purchases were “just a bit of fun”.
“I don’t actually like going in a lot of houses I buy, because I don’t like seeing what people live like,” he said. “I just buy them on the outside.”
Who is Danny Wallis?
If you’re wondering where Wallis gets his millions from, so were we.
In 1992, Wallis founded the IT company DWS Group. The group has offices across Australia and New Zealand, and Wallis had been the chief executive officer and managing director since its inception.
In September, he sold it to HCL Technologies for a whopping $126 million.
Last year, Block presenter Shelley Craft said Wallis was “a local businessman” in Melbourne.
“We’ve seen him at a Block auction before, and he has a tactic of confusing everyone in the crowd,” she said.
Wallis’ charitable move
It’s been revealed Wallis has donated Daniel and Jade’s 1930s home to the My Room Children’s Cancer Charity.
“The My Room Children’s Cancer Charity do so many wonderful things for sick children and their families, and they will benefit so much from having access to Daniel and Jade’s amazing home,” Wallis said in a statement.
The contestants from South Australia have a child who suffers from a rare chromosome disorder, something Wallis said prompted him to make the generous donation.
“It is made extra special for me because I know Daniel and Jade have been through so much with their daughter Isla over the years, in and out of hospital, and they will understand just how important the house will be for My Room and all the incredible work they do for sick children and their families.”
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