A Japanese billionaire cancels the search he had launched himself to find a partner who wanted to fly to the moon with him. No less than 27,722 ladies had already signed up as candidates.
Yusaku Maezawa is the first paying passenger on the tourist flight planned by SpaceX, the space company of Elon Musk, in 2023. As a bonus, he was looking for a serious girlfriend who wanted to share that adventure with him. The search for love would be broadcast on TV in his homeland.
But suddenly nothing comes of it now. “Despite my genuine and honest determination toward the show,” the Japanese billionaire wrote on Twitter. “There was a part of me that still had mixed feelings about my participation. To think that 27,722 women, with earnest intentions and courage, had used their precious time to apply makes me feel extremely remorseful to conclude and inform everyone with this selfish decision of mine.”
“I apologize to everyone for my unfavorable actions. I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart,” Yusaku concluded.
Maezawa amassed his fortune by selling his online fashion store ZozoSuit – Japan’s most extensive. For an advertising stunt more or less, he doesn’t turn his hand around.
Last month, the wealthy businessman promised to distribute another 10 billion Yen to random Twitter users. A thousand people would each receive 1 million yen. All they had to do was share his tweet.
According to Maezawa, this is a dangerous social experiment. The Japanese billionaire says he wants to see how such a sum of money influences a person. The winners may spend the money at their discretion, but in return, must regularly complete questionnaires about their experiences.
Most shared post on Twitter
That message was retweeted more than 4.40 million times, making it the most shared tweet on Twitter ever. The stunts brought him over seven million followers on Twitter.
The total capital of Maezawa is estimated at US$2 billion (January 2020). In 2017 he spent $57.3 million on a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat for an untitled work. That is the highest amount ever auction for a work by an American artist.