Japanese billionaire and clothing retail tycoon Yusaku Maezawa has clinched the top spot for most retweeted tweet of all time, using the tried and trusted ‘free cash’ method.
The eccentric founder of Zozo Inc., originally a drummer in a punk band, promised to give out 100 million yen ($925,000) in cash prizes to a lucky 100 participants in his Twitter lottery, which he launched ostensibly in celebration of his company’s successful spring sale. The promotion will see Maezawa give away a total of 10 billion yen ($92 million).
“Zozotown Spring Sale is the fastest in history and topped 10 billion yen!! With a daily appreciation, I will give 100 million yen (total of gifts million yen) in cash. The only way to apply is to follow me and RT this tweet. The reception is up to 1/7. I will direct DM from me to the winner!”
Maezawa found fortune in fashion, accumulating an estimated personal wealth of $3 billion. He will be the first private passenger to be flown around the moon by SpaceX sometime in 2023 and plans to bring a group of artists with him.
He is also the owner of several original Picassos, Bugattis, as well as a 1717 Stradivarius violin. The billionaire tweeted a photo of a man riding a rocket in a homage to the wildly popular Steven Spielberg film ET to accompany the unexpected giveaway. His followers surged from just over 500,000 to over 4.27 million in the wake of the most viral of tweets.