While those have previously held the records for most retweets ever, they’ve just been dethroned by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, founder of the clothing company Zozotown and a soon-to-be passenger to the moon via Spacex’s space tourism initiative. With the incentive Maezawa is offering, it’s easy to see why his tweet went viral.
— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) January 5, 2019
The tweet features a Japanese New Year’s card and translates to:
“Zozotown’s Spring Sale is the fastest in history and topped 10 billion yen!! As 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!”
The sum of 100 million Yen converts to nearly one million dollars. Spread over 100 people, the amount distributes to about 9.2 thousand dollars. As a result, the tweet has been retweeted over five million times—over a million more than the previous recordholder.
With such a decent chunk of change, many are eager to get in on the action.
I need some money
— Deborah gross (@debragross07) January 7, 2019
I could use some for a poor man's auto 🚗
— Fred Strombaugh (@StrombaughFred) January 7, 2019
Waiting for your dm sir
— Kidi Rigs (@Mustaph86521333) January 7, 2019
I wish I will be selected
— Izak's Somto (@izaksson) January 7, 2019
This tweet is just the latest feat of Maezawa’s to captivate the world.