Japanese billionaire and future SpaceX lunar orbit tourist Yusaku Maezawa have swiped the record for most retweeted tweet ever.
The 43-year-old tweeted in Japanese on Saturday proposing one million yen ($9,250) to 100 randomly chosen users on the basis that they trailed and retweeted him. In other words, Maezawa’s was the result of a contest offering to share 100 million yen (about $920,000) among 100 randomly selected people who retweeted his tweet, equaling a payout of around $9,200 for each winner. They also had to follow him if they didn’t already, a condition that’s worked a treat as Maezawa’s follower count has bounded from 500,000 to 6.2 million in the space of just a few days.
The 43-year-old former punk-band drummer curved entrepreneur is allegedly worth around $3 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 18th richest person in Japan. Maezawa started out selling CDs and records of his favorite bands by mail from his home before initiating online fashion mall Zozotown in 2004. He loves modern art, too, evidenced by an $80 million payout for paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso in 2016.