Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa said Monday his tweet promising a cash giveaway of nearly $10,000 was the most retweeted ever.
The 43-year-old Maezawa posted a tweet on Saturday promising ¥1 million ($9,250) in cash each to 100 randomly selected followers who had retweeted it by Monday.
The tweet — now retweeted more than 4.3 million times — is the most shared in history, according to the entrepreneur.
— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) January 5, 2019
“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.
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.
Maezawa will hitch a ride aboard Musk’s Big Falcon Rocket, which SpaceX has acknowledged may not be ready for human flight for at least five years.
Known as a passionate art collector, he also plans to take around half a dozen artists with him on the trip.
Maezawa is chief executive of Japan’s largest online fashion store and is the 18th richest person in Japan, with an estimated fortune of $2 billion, according to business magazine Forbes.
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