Brexiteer James Dyson is set to sell his million-pound penthouse in Singapore at a loss – days after claiming people had “got it wrong” that he had abandoned Britain after the Brexit vote.
Singapore’s Business Times reports that he is to sell the property at a loss after he accepted an offer of $62 million (£36 million) from US-based billionaire Leo Koguan.
It is lower than the reported figure of $73.8 million he paid for it last year when it was announced Dyson’s headquarters was moving there.
The property is said to be the largest “non-landed residence” to have been on the market, and is in the city’s Tanjong Pajar neighbourhood.
Dyson – one of the UK’s richest men – faced difficult questions on Radio 4 last week after accusations he had “left Britain” by buying the property.
He told the Today programme: “I haven’t gone, I’m here. I visit and I have a house there. But we’re expanding here in Britain.
“We’re taking over Hullavington Airfield, we’re doing up the hangars there and we’re a British company.”
In response to media enquiries about the sale of the property, a company spokesperson said: “Dyson remains fully committed to expanding its research and development footprint and other operations in Singapore”.