Yusaku Maezawa

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Yusaku Maezawa pledged to share practically $1m between 100 individuals who shared the tweet

A Japanese billionaire has ousted a rooster nugget-seeking US teenager to grow to be tweeter of probably the most retweeted tweet of all time.

Yusaku Maezawa’s tweet dated 5 January has now been shared greater than 4 million occasions.

That is half 1,000,000 greater than Carter Wilkinson’s 2017 request for assist to safe himself a 12 months of free rooster nuggets from quick meals chain Wendy’s.

However Mr Maezawa was providing some incentive to folks to share his put up.

The founding father of Japanese on-line clothes retailer Zozo Inc promised to share 100m yen ($925,000; £725,000) between 100 randomly chosen individuals who shared the tweet.

“To take part, all it’s a must to do is observe me and RT this tweet,” he mentioned.

The put up seemed to be in celebration of his web site Zozotown making 10bn yen in gross sales over the Christmas and New 12 months interval.

Mr Maezawa first grew to become well-known because the drummer in punk band Swap Type, however made his fortune within the trend world. He’s believed to have a private wealth of near $3bn, lots of which he spends on artwork.

He grew to become identified within the West late final 12 months after he was named as the primary non-public passenger on account of be flown across the Moon by Area X, the corporate owned by one other well-known billionaire tweeter, Elon Musk.

The worth Mr Maezawa agreed to pay for his ticket to area has not been disclosed, however in accordance with Mr Musk it was “some huge cash”.

Mr Maezawa has mentioned he plans to take a bunch of artists with him on the flight, slated for 2023.

Carter Wilkinson set Twitter alight in May 2017 after asking Wendy’s what number of retweets he wanted to get a 12 months’s value of free rooster nuggets.

The quick meals chain mentioned “18 million”.

Mr Wilkinson’s all caps tweet – “HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS” – went on to get greater than three.5 million retweets with quite a few celebrities becoming a member of in, and different manufacturers leaping on board to supply him issues like free flights to get to a Wendy’s.

Although he did not attain the goal, Wendy’s gave him a 12 months of free nuggets anyway.

Earlier than Mr Wilkinson, US actor and presenter Ellen DeGeneres had held probably the most tweeted spot for greater than three years, with a selfie – then fairly a novel idea – that includes stars within the viewers of the 2014 Oscars ceremony.