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Meet Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire giving away $9 million on Twitter and looking for a 'female partner' to fly to the moon with him and Elon Musk

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    Japanese billionaireYusaku
    Maezawa ignited a frenzy on Twitter on New Year's Day when
    he 
    pledged to give $9 million to his followers as part of an
    experiment to see if money would increase their
    happiness.
  
  
    Maezawa also made headlines in 2018 for 
    purchasing the first tickets for Elon
    Musk's SpaceX
    flights around the moon.
  
  
    Maezawa built a $2 billion fortune running online
    clothing retailer Zozotown, Forbes
    reported.
  
  
    Before fashion, 
    Maezawa had a career in punk rock.
  
  
    
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  When most billionaires want to fund scientific research, they
  donate to universities or hospitals. Not Yusaku Maezawa.

  In a New Year's Day tweet, the Japanese fashion tycoon announced
  that he would give away $9 million to a group of his Twitter
  followers to see if money really does make people happier,
  
  Reuters reported. Maezawa, 44, previously made headlines for
  
  buying out SpaceX's first flight around the moon for himself
  and a group of artists in 2018.

  Keep reading to learn how the eccentric billionaire made and
  spends his fortune.

When most billionaires want to fund scientific research, they donate to universities or hospitals. Not Yusaku Maezawa.

In a New Year's Day tweet, the Japanese fashion tycoon announced that he would give away $9 million to a group of his Twitter followers to see if money really does make people happier, Reuters reported. Maezawa, 44, previously made headlines for buying out SpaceX's first flight around the moon for himself and a group of artists in 2018.

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Keep reading to learn how the eccentric billionaire made and spends his fortune.

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