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Corona Beer Mogul Antonino Fernandez Did NOT Leave £2m To Residents Of His Hometown, Foundation Reveals

But his legacy does include some wonderful gifts.

25/11/2016 10:55 GMT | Updated 26/11/2016 18:38 GMT
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Antonino Fernández founded Corona beer. The late beer mogul gave back some of his wealth to his home town in northern Spain

Reports that a late billionaire beer mogul made every resident of his Spanish hometown a millionaire have been quashed by his own foundation. 

It had been widely claimed in press reports that Corona beer creator Antonino Fernández had left £2million to each of the 80 inhabitants of Cerezales del Condado in northern Spain, following his death at the age of 98 in August. 

But a spokesman for the Cerezales Antonino y Cinia Fundacion, a cultural institution founded by Fernández, told The Huffington Post UK the reports were not accurate. 

Lucía Alaejos said: “I’m afraid I have to deny this specific fact, the information that has been published is not correct,” in reference to news articles, including one by HuffPost UK, that he had bequeathed £169m to the residents of the village, leaving them with around £2m each.

But Alaejos added the philanthropist “did a lot for the village during his life.” 

One of 13 children, Fernández grew up in poverty in the tiny northern village and had to leave school at the age of 14 when his parents could no longer pay for his tuition.

After emigrating to Mexico, he became the CEO of Grupo Modelo, where he founded Corona beer.

According to the BBC, Fernandez invested heavily in his hometown, 

His legacy is said to include fresh drinking water, the restoration of a church, a chapel and the cemetery, and the redevelopment of a public square. 

Fernández was once honoured by the former King of Spain Juan Carlos for his charitable deeds.