Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s newest “social experiment”, making a gift of cash to Twitter followers, appears to be a repeat – or relatively a retweet – of comparable shenanigans from final yr.
The considerably eccentric billionaire lately made headlines for providing 1bil yen (RM38mil) to be divided amongst 1,000 randomly chosen followers that retweeted his put up in regards to the provide.
Calling it a social experiment, he insisted the provide was respectable and that there have been plans to conduct a sequence of surveys of those that obtained the cash – all to see if receiving 1mil yen (RM37,806) every made them happier.
Maezawa posted an identical tweet final yr, although on a smaller scale, providing 1mil yen (RM37,806) every to 100 random individuals who adopted his account.
That stunt made his tweet the most well-liked tweet ever, at the moment. At present, it has 4.3mil retweets and 1.3mil likes.
Nonetheless, this time, he additionally tried to direct individuals to observe his YouTube account.
“[Info] 2020 #MaezawaOtoshidama are prepared. The entire quantity is powered as much as ? billion yen and can begin on New Yr’s Day. Particulars can be introduced on my YouTube, so please subscribe to it,” he tweeted, in an earlier teaser.
Otoshidama refers to a Japanese custom of gifting cash throughout the brand new yr.
Japanese Occasions reported that the net response to this second giveaway has been largely destructive, with Twitter customers calling him an consideration seeker and suggesting he discover extra deserving causes to bestow the cash to.
The previous CEO of on-line clothes retail large Zozotown has a historical past of surprising and extremely publicised spending.
He purchased a portray by Jean-Michel Basquiat for a record-breaking quantity of US$110.5mil (RM453.22mil) in 2017 and in addition a 1717 Stradivarius Hamma violin estimated to be value 1bil yen (RM38mil) in 2018.
In the identical yr, he additionally purchased a spot on Elon Musk’s SpaceX challenge and is slated to be the primary personal buyer to be despatched to the moon.
Nonetheless in 2019 Maezawa was reportedly dealing with monetary troubles and stepped down as the top of Zozotown when the corporate’s funds took a downturn.
Thankfully for him, in November final yr he bought his enterprise to SoftBank Group Corp for US$900mil (RM3.69bil).