James Dyson
Billionaire British Inventor

James Dyson is a British Industrial designer, inventor and initiator of the Dyson Company. Dyson appears as one of the richest people on earth on the Sunday Times Rich List 2013. He also takes up the 286th position on Forbes Billionaire List, with an estimated net worth of $4.4 billion as of March 2013.

Quick Facts

Net Worth: $4.4 Billion (as of March, 2013)

Source of Wealth: Technology

Born: May 2, 1947 (Age 66)

Nationality: British

Marital Status: Married

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James Dyson was born in Norfolk, England on May 2, 1947. A few decades later, Dyson not only became a renowned British Inventor, but he also became a self-made billionaire. The Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner is one of the most innovative creations that Dyson has ever made. He is also the founder of one of the most successful manufacturers of vacuum cleaners in Europe.  He is now one of the most respected inventors, as well as one of the wealthiest people in the world. 

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Dyson’s Inventions

The first product that Dyson invented was a Sea Truck, which he launched in 1970. At the time of the launch, he was attending the Royal College of Arts. His next invention was the Ballbarrow, which was a customized version of a wheelbarrow that replaced the wheel with a ball. He kept the ball concept alive by inventing the Trolleyball, which was a trolley that instigated boats. A wheelboat was Dyson’s next invention. This wheelboat was designed in such a way that it could travel at speeds of about 64km/h on land and on water. 

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The creation of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner is undoubtedly the one invention that put Dyson on the map. With this invention, he helped people bid goodbye to vacuum cleaners that keep clogging and losing suction as they clean, and say hello to a bagless vacuum cleaner that doesn’t loose suction as it picks up dirt. In actual fact, the idea of developing a vacuum cleaner that would lose suction using cyclonic separation struck Dyson back in the late 1970s. This was after he observed the spray-finishing room’s air filter that was in his ballroom factory.

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With the partial financial support from his art teacher wife and thousands of prototypes over a period of five years, Dyson was happy to launch the ‘G-Force’ Cleaner. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a single manufacturer or distributor that was willing to launch this innovator’s product in the United Kingdom. Dyson saw it best to launch his product in Japan through catalogue sales. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Besides the vacuum cleaners, Dyson has invented other house-hold appliances such as the ContraRotator Washing machine that he invented in 2002. Regrettably, this product didn’t get the attention it desired from the public, which led to its extinction. This didn’t deter Dyson’s determination to invent yet another innovative product known as the Dyson Airblade, which is a hand dryer that he launched in 2006. He has also launched a new vacuum cleaner known as Ball technology.

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James Dyson Foundation

This foundation was set up in 2002 with the aim of supporting design and engineering education, and inspiring young people to study engineering. In conjunction with other charities, this foundation also offers support to scientific and medical research. The James Dyson Foundation also offers support to young designers through an international design award that’s known as James Dyson Award. This is an award that not only celebrates, but it also inspires and encourages the next generation of design engineers. 

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Personal Life

Dyson is married to Deirdre Hindmarsh with whom he has two sons (Jacob and Sam) and a daughter (Emily). He owns a town house in Chelsea, London and a £3 million Chateau in France. He also purchased Dodingtop Park, a 300-acre estate in Gloucestershire for £15 million.  He also owns a 91-meters-long vessel called Nahlin, making it the biggest British-owned super yacht and the 36th biggest yacht in the world. Dyson spends much of his time in his workshop figuring what innovative products he could launch next.

Famous Quotes By James Dyson

  • “Failure Doesn't Suck”.
  • "I just want things to work properly."
  • "A lot of people give up when the world seems to be against them, but that's the point when you should push a little harder”.
  • "It is a very difficult time to be an entrepreneur, but money is cheap to borrow and it is a good time to start, But it’s amazing what you can do without money,”

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