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Billionaire Japanese tycoon's ‘free cash’ tweet gets record retweet

Billionaire Japanese tycoon's ‘free cash’ tweet gets record retweet

The flamboyant Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has broken the world record for the most-retweeted tweet.

The tweet said that 100 people who have retweeted would be chosen randomly and he will personally contact the winners and distribute 100 million yen ($924,100) amongst them.

In October, Maezawa said he paid an undisclosed sum for a ticket on fellow tycoon Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket around the moon as early as 2023.

Twitter confirmed that Maezawa's post is now the most retweeted message on the platform and that the tweet is considered a "contest/sweepstakes" ad and is allowed on Twitter.

Mr Maezawa, who wanted followers to share a tweet celebrating 10 billion yen ($129,518,400) in New Year's sales from his clothes retailer Zozo, took a different approach.

Before Mr Maezawa could claim the most retweeted message, the prize belonged to Mr Wilkerson, who asked United States chain restaurant Wendy's how many retweets he needed to get free chicken nuggets for a year.

"To participate, all you have to do is follow me and RT this tweet", he said.

To encourage participation, Mr Maezawa offered 100 people the chance to win a share of a 100 million yen ($1,295,900) prize by simply retweeting his post.

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Mr Wilkerson had posted a photo of the Twitter account for Wendy's telling him he would need 18 million retweets for the year-long chicken supply, with the caption: "HELP ME PLEASE".

Before Wilkinson's somewhat unhealthy achievement, Ellen DeGeneres held the retweet crown for her 2014 Oscars selfie with stars such as Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt.

It has been retweeted more than 3.3 million times.

In October, Mr Maezawa tweeted that he purchased a 1717 Stradivarius violin.

The change to the top positions also knocks Barack Obama out of the top five.

In a post which has steadily increased to more than 2.6 million retweets, the singer wrote: "Always in my heart Harry-Styles".

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".