If you’re a longtime fan of The Block, you may be familiar with Danny Wallis, the mysterious businessman and philanthropist who turns up on auction day to snap up his favourite properties – sometimes paying well above the median suburb price and bidding in peculiar increments, simply because he can.
But who is Danny Wallis, and why does he love buying properties featured on The Block?
Dubbed “The man who bought The Block”, by The Block Shop blog Insider Style, Danny spent a total of $12.2 million at the 2021 auction alone.
Danny Wallis is an IT entrepreneur who founded information communications technology services company DWS Limited in 1991.
In 2020, he bid on all five houses, eventually walking away with three of the five properties at a total cost of $11.8 million.
This year, during guest bedroom and re-do room week, Danny was invited onto The Block to present a prized gnome to the house he liked best. Tom and Sarah-Jane’s House 1 was eventually bestowed with that honour, which was no surprise, as the house – which is tipped to win on auction day – is also a favourite with judges Shaynna Blaze, Neale Whitaker and Darren Palmer.
Danny’s track record in the business world may be impressive, but the entrepreneur has never lost sight of the importance of giving. In fact, many of the homes he has purchased on The Block over the years have been donated to charities, including Ronald McDonald House and My Room Children’s Cancer Charity.
And he’s been captured in behind-the-scenes photos taken at The Block 2022 auction (which airs on 6 November). As for whether he purchased any of the incredible properties this year, we’ll just have to wait and see.
This article was originally published on our sister site Home to Love.