Japanese billionaire's 'free cash' tweet smashes Twitter's retweet record
Japanese billionaire and future SpaceX lunar orbit tourist Yusaku Maezawahas nabbed the record for most retweeted tweet ever. While previous record holder Carter Wilkerson's tweet came down to an appetite for Wendy's chicken nuggets, Maezawa's post won out because of our collective hunger for free cash.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="ja" dir="ltr">ZOZOTOWN新春セールが史上最速で取扱高100億円を先ほど突破！！日頃の感謝を込め、僕個人から100名様に100万円【総額1億円のお年玉】を現金でプレゼントします。応募方法は、僕をフォローいただいた上、このツイートをRTするだけ。受付は1/7まで。当選者には僕から直接DMします！ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E6%9C%88%E3%81%AB%E8%A1%8C%E3%81%8F%E3%81%AA%E3%82%89%E3%81%8A%E5%B9%B4%E7%8E%89?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#月に行くならお年玉</a> <a href="https://t.co/cKQfPPbOI3">pic.twitter.com/cKQfPPbOI3</a></p>— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) <a href="https://twitter.com/yousuck2020/status/1081544630754103296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2019</a></blockquote>
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The 43-year-old tweeted in Japanese on Saturday offering one million yen ($9,250) to 100 randomly chosen users on the basis that they followed and retweeted him. It worked a charm: the tweet, complete with a New Year's gift card of a rocket man that channeled E.T., has racked up over 5.1 million retweets at the time of writing. Comparably, Wilkerson's tweet currently has more than 3.5 million retweets. Maezawa, who founded Japan's largest online fashion retailer Zozotown and is worth an estimated $2 billion, promised to DM the winners today.
Back in September, Elon Musk said Maezawa has the disposable income to drop a "very significant amount of money" on funding his own trip to the moon. It turns out he also had enough cash leftover to give away for free on Twitter.