Japan Billionaire  Yusaku Maezawa rules Twitter after offering prize money for retweets

Written by Newsroom Staff January 8, 2019 10:27

New Delhi: Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire known for having been named as the first private passenger to orbit the moon, has now become tweeter of the most retweeted tweet of all time by announcing he will give 1 million yen ($9,200) to 100 people each.

He announced on Twitter that he would give away a total of 100 million Japanese yen, equivalent to over $920,000, to 100 randomly selected people who retweeted his tweet. Maezawa said that he was offering this gift to celebrate ZOZO hitting 10 billion yen ($92 million) in sales over the holidays in 2018.

“Hit the new world record. Surpassed Twitter’s world record number of retweets (it was 3.55 million RTs before) and more people are still retweeting,” wrote the high-profile Maezawa.

The previous record-holder was an American teenager in 2017 trying to win a year’s supply of chicken nuggets from fast food chain Wendy’s, according to media.

Yusaku Maezawa’s tweet dated 5 January has now been shared more than four million times.

In October, Maezawa said he paid an undisclosed sum for a ticket on fellow tycoon Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket around the moon as early as 2023.