The eccentric Japanese billionaire who made headlines when he announced he was searching for a date to accompany him on the first passenger trip to the Moon says he has "deep regrets" after losing over £30 million on the stock market.
Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 44, said he had been "blinded" as share prices became increasingly volatile due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"[I] lost 4.4 billion yen [£32,024,953.40] through repeated short-term trading of stocks, something I haven't familiarised myself with," he told his 10 million Twitter followers.
He added that he regretted not doing something more worthwhile with the money, writing: "How many people could the money have been given out to and saved?"
Twitter users had mixed responses to Maezawa’s revelation with some sending sympathetic messages but many others expressing their shock at the sheer waste.
Maezawa is the founder of international fashion brand Zozo Inc. His net worth dropped by about £166 million this year and his fortune is now estimated to stand at around £2.7 billion
In January this year, Maezawa launched a campaign to find a woman to travel with him to the Moon on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX spacecraft.
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The fashion tycoon said he was "lonely" and wanted someone to accompany him on the week-long flight in 2023.
"I’m 44 now," he wrote on his website. "As feelings of loneliness and emptiness slowly begin to surge upon me, there’s one thing that I think about: Continuing to love one woman."
He also commissioned a documentary, which was to be called "Full Moon Lovers".
Maezawa added: "With that future partner of mine, I want to shout our love and world peace from outer space."
After a social media backlash, the billionaire who dropped out of college to start a rock band in California before making his fortune in e-commerce said that he was scrapping the idea.
He is still, however, hoping to take an entourage of artists to he can watch them create in zero gravity.
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