Japanese Billionaire Promises Cash, Gets Him Most Retweeted Tweet

Mr Maezawa's tweet overtakes previous top-spot holder Carter Wilkerson, who achieved viral stardom in 2017 with a bid to secure a year's worth of free chicken nuggets from USA fast food chain Wendy's.

In September of a year ago, Musk announced that Maezawa would be the first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard a future SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) rocket.

The billionaire is paying the hefty amount to make his tweet the most retweeted tweet in the history of Twitter.

The post appeared to be in celebration of his website Zozotown making 10bn yen in sales over the Christmas and New Year period.

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.

The Japanese billionaire set to take SpaceX's inaugural flight around the moon in 2023 made headlines this weekend for a different reason: He is now the most retweeted person of all time.

Mr. Yusaku received over four million retweets for his post on January 5, after he offered to give out £7,000 to 100 randomly selected Twitter users who retweet his tweet. His followers surged from just over 500,000 to over 4.27 million in the wake of the most viral of tweets. The requirement was to follow him and RT the tweet.

Maezawa's January 5 tweet has become the most retweeted of all time, beating stiff competition from U.S. teenager Carter Wilkinson, who launched the viral 2017 "Nuggs for Carter" campaign to get a year's free chicken nuggets from fast-food chain Wendy's.

The photo, captured by actor Bradley Cooper, was taken at the 2014 ceremony and showed DeGeneres herself, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep.

Fifth position is taken by Spanish YouTube gamer Elrubius, who posted a prize giveaway similar to that of Mr Maezawa's in August 2016.

"With our gratitude, we would be grateful if many more than 100 people could buy ¥1 million of products (totalling ¥10 billion)".

A tweet from Barack Obama has been knocked out of the top five.

Maezawa has more than 6 million followers on Twitter.

The former USA president shared a picture of him interacting with some small children through an open window in 2017, with the caption: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion".

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