The Block's serial property buyer: Who is Danny Wallis?

It wouldn't be a Block auction without a few bids from this millionaire.

He's only been a recent buyer on The Block but Danny Wallis has sure made an impact, spending more than $30 million on properties at the show's auctions over the past few years.

But who is this cashed-up Aussie nicknamed "The man who bought The Block"?

Home buyer Danny Wallis on The Block in 2022 and 2020
Danny has been buying The Block properties since 2012. Photo: Nine

How did he make his money?

The 52-year-old Melbourne-based IT entrepreneur is an Australian rich lister worth around $120 million. He started his career at ANZ before founding IT service management company DWS in 1991.

In 2020, he sold DWS for $126 million cash to HCL Technologies, an Indian tech giant and has become known for his philanthropy.

What Block properties has he bought?

Danny has an unusual bidding style, offering a lot more than the previous bidder and often unusual amounts that have an extra dollar or even a few cents tacked on the end.

The first property he bought was Mike and Andrew's house on The Block Season 5 in 2012, for $1,400,001.01.

It was a few years before he returned to the auctions, buying Mitch and Mark's apartment in St Kilda Olso Hotel for $3,374,000 in 2019.


Then in 2020, he took things up a notch by purchasing three of the homes in Brighton. He bought Harry and Tash's house, Sarah and George's house, plus Daniel and Jade's house.

"What an amazing day it was and a real thrill to buy the three houses," he said at the time. "I was so impressed with the builds this year, the location in Brighton, and the potential as an investor for the properties in the future."

In 2021 Danny also picked up three of the Hampton properties: Mitch and Mark's house, Tanya and Vito's house, and Kirsty and Jesse's house, dropping a whopping $12.2 million in total.

Then last year, he picked up another two homes, Tom and Sarah-Jane's house and Rachel and Ryan's house, straight after they pulled out of the auction.

The block buyer Danny Wallis at last year's auction and appearing on the show in 2022
Danny is a regular at the auctions and has also appeared as a guest on the show. Photo: Nine

What does he do with the properties?

Danny doesn't just rent out the properties for profit, he has donated several to charities. The 2021 house he bought which was designed by South Australians Daniel and Jade, whose daughter Isla suffers from a rare chromosome disorder, he made available to his favourite organisation, My Room Children's Cancer Charity. The families of children in hospital can use the property through the charity.

"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," Danny told The Block Shop blog.

"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."

In 2021, Danny revealed he planned to also donate Tanya and Vito's home to My Room. "There’s always demand for accommodation for families with kids with cancer," he said. "I bought Daniel and Jade's Block house last year and it's always in use. Now I've bought another one for My Room to help support these kids."

Given Danny has already appeared as a guest on the current season, you can expect him to be bidding on auction day once again.

The Block's Auction Grand Finale will air Sunday, November 5 at 7pm on Nine and 9Now.

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