People Who Kick Buts: Sir James Dyson
What I’ve learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up; success is just around the corner.
- Born on May 2 1947. A British industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company.
- He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works on the principle of cyclonic separation. His net worth in 2011 was said to be £1.45 billion.
- Dyson was born in Cromer, Norfolk, England, being one of three children. Dyson was sent to Gresham’s School,a boarding school, Holt, Norfolk, from 1956 to 1965, when his father died of cancer.
- James excelled in long distance running: “I was quite good at it, not because I was physically good, but because I had more determination. I learnt determination from it.”
- He spent one year (1965–1966) at the Byam Shaw School of Art (now part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design), and then studied furniture and interior design at the Royal College of Art (1966–1970) before moving into engineering.
- Dyson married Deirdre Hindmarsh in 1968. The couple have three children: Emily, Jacob and Sam.
- Dyson paid £15 million for Dodington Park, a 300-acre (1.2 km2) Georgian estate in Gloucestershire, close to Chipping Sodbury. He and his wife also have a £3 million chateau in France, and a town house in Chelsea, London. The Sunday Times Rich List 2008 estimated his fortune at £1.1 billion, while Forbes estimates it at £1 billion.