Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Japanese billionaire uses his money to gain 'most retweeted post' honor

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be paying out a total of 100 million yen to 100 lucky people who shared his Twitter post Japanese tycoon responsible for the most retweeted tweet ever
Priscilla Morrison | 07 January, 2019, 22:23

A Japanese billionaire has ousted a chicken nugget-seeking U.S. teenager to become tweeter of the most retweeted tweet of all time.

The message has now been retweeted over 4.5 million times. While Wilkinson fell well short of the spoof goal, managing to garner a still-impressive 3.5 million retweets, Wendy's made a decision to give him the free chicken anyway, presumably in thanks for all the publicity.

Founder of Japan's second-largest online shopping site Zozo Inc., Yusaku Maezawa's appeal on Twitter has gone viral and has since been shared by a record 3.8 million times and have given it more than 900,000 "likes".

After it was announced that his tweet was the most retweeted ever, Mr Maezawa took to the social media channel to thank people for participating and to announce that his prize was still up for grabs.

The 43-year-old Maezawa posted a tweet on Saturday promising one million yen ($9,250) in cash each to 100 randomly selected followers who had retweeted it by Monday.

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This is not Maezawa's first publicity stunt.

The Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa made headlines past year when Elon Musk announced he would be the first commercial passenger to be flown around the moon in SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket.

The price Mr Maezawa agreed to pay for his ticket to space has not been disclosed, but according to Mr Musk it was "a lot of money".

An avid art collector, Maezawa has also demonstrated a philanthropic side, founding the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation in 2012 to support up-and-coming artists. "A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" - went on to get more than 3.5 million retweets with numerous celebrities joining in, and other brands jumping on board to offer him things like free flights to get to a Wendy's. Though Wilkerson did not hit the target of 18 million, Wendy's acquiesced and gave him a year's supply anyway.

Before Mr Wilkerson and Mr Maezawa, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres held the record for the most retweeted tweet for three years with her Oscars selfie.

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