Japanese Billionaire Promises Cash, Gets Him Most Retweeted Tweet

When you promise money, this is what happens

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Twitter is a wild place and Japanese Twitter is one area that is often overlooked since most of us don’t understand the Japanese language.

Japanese Twitter has given us some weird gems over the years and this time round, it has given us the most retweeted tweet ever and it is all about money.

Yusaku Maezawa is hardly known outside Japan itself but the guy is pretty rich. He has a networth of around $2.3 billion and it is thanks to this online shopping site Zozo.

Over the weekend, Yusaku decided to post this on his Twitter account which featured a photo of a man on a rocket and an interesting note attached to it.

Translating the post, he said in celebration of his company topping 10 billion yen in sales, that he will give a total of 100 million yen ($924,330) in cash to be shared among 100 lucky people. The requirement was to follow him and RT the tweet.

People really like free money and this action has let him have the coveted position of having the most retweeted tweet in Twitter’s history. As of writing this article, the post had garnered over 4.3 million retweets, close to 1.1 million likes and over 282,000 replies. He surpassed the previous record holder, Carter Wilkerson, who got over 3.5 million retweets for chicken nuggets.

It is now hard to know how he will sort out this larger than expected engagement so that he can give close to a million dollars to 100 lucky people.