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Founder of Don Don Donki Has A $21.25M Villa In Sentosa Cove, It’s A Wonderful Place To Be

29 June 2022 | BY

Don Don Donki’s founder Takao Yasuda owns a $21.25 million villa that is in one of the most exclusive enclaves in Sentosa Cove.

founder of Don Don Donki Takao Yasuda outside an outlet

“Don Don Don, Donki, Don Don Donki~” Singaporeans are all too familiar with this catchy song played in our favourite Japanese supermarket Don Don Donki. Known as Don Quijote in its native land of Japan, the chain store now has outlets in almost every corner of SG, leading us to the conclusion that the founder must be well, rolling in the dough. 

And going by his home purchases, we’re not far off the mark. Don Don Donki’s founder Takao Yasuda is actually a proud resident of a Sentosa Cove villa that costs a whopping $21.25 million. That’s definitely more than a few truckloads of premium Takami melons and wagyu beef that you can snag at DDDK.

Here’s what we know about this purchase in paradise.

Villa in Sentosa Cove

The villa in question is nestled in the billionaire haven of Sentosa Cove, which boasts top-notch security and the sweet smell of money in the air (I kid). 

lakeshore villas sentosa coveJust 29 private villas on the secluded street.
Image credit: Google Maps

Though the exact unit remains unknown, what we do know is that the villa is along Lakeshore View, and is right in front of the Serapong Golf Course, serving up panoramic views of the lake and the sea.

serapong golf course sentosa coveImagine having an award-winning golf course at your doorstep.
Image credit: Google Maps

security gantry at lakeshore view, sentosa coveNo amount of Google Maps stalking or trying to pass off as a resident would suffice, as Lakeshore View even has an additional security gantry to ward us plebians off.
Image credit: Google Maps

It was bought back in 2017, after Yasuda’s retirement and his move to Singapore. The villa is also bought under his wife’s name. The Zen-looking villa is said to be around 11,268sqft, which means a crazy high psf of about $1,886. It was also designed by Ernesto Bedmar Architects alongside PADA Architects, and has also garnered awards for its architectural design.

Rumour has it that the space goes towards four bedrooms, a study, pool as well as attic and basement, that altogether spans four levels.

lakeshore view villa owned by don don donki founder
The villa reportedly has a built-up area of 8,500sqft.
Image credit: BCDGlobal

Currently, the man’s net worth is estimated to be around 2.6 billion USD, so we can imagine that the whopping $21.25 million price tag is but a drop in the ocean for him. To give you a benchmark, a private villa on the market today goes for around $18.5 million (smaller size of 7,500sqft), so it’s not totally unreasonable – at least by billionaire standards.

FYI, it was still the priciest bungalow sold that year, though, and we’re wondering if the Sentosa Cove neighbours are giving him the side-eye like how we give queue-cutters at Don Don Donki. 

Sentosa Cove is “The Copper House” on Cove Drive

Probably the only price-topper on Sentosa Cove is “The Copper House” on Cove Drive, which was flipped at $43.67 million last year.
Image credit: Mansion Global

Check out these other amazing homes in Sentosa Cove if you’d like a peek into the lives of the rich and famous.

Don Don Donki in Singapore

don don donki clarke quay outletDon Don Donki has come a long way indeed – first opening at Orchard Central in 2017, and now boasting 13 outlets spread across the island, such as Clarke Quay, JCube and Tampines outlets. We could even expect two outlets opening later this year at Jurong West and Yishun.

Way back when Yasuda arrived, Singapore was framed as a regional hub for the Don Quijote brand to expand across South East Asia. And it seems like that goal has been achieved today, with over 25 branches in the region, including cities like Malaysia and Bangkok. Of course, SG still holds the record for the most number of outlets outside of Japan. 

founder of Don Don Donki Takao Yasuda, outside an outletThe man himself, Takao Yasuda, who is now in his 60s.
Image Credit: Shuji Umetani

Today, Yasuda is retired, having passed down the mantle to successor Koji Ooohara, and is adopting a more advisory role in the company. The man has worked hard enough and is now enjoying the fruits of his labour in the tranquil enclave of Sentosa Cove, with nary the sound of the DDDK jingle ringing in his ear. 

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Cover image adapted from: Shuji Umetani, Google Maps

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