Corona is one of the biggest beer brands in the world, with £556million sales in the United States alone – despite its success though, the money and power hasn’t gone to its creator’s head and he’s turned out to be one of the safest guys in history after his final act.
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Upon his death in August, Antonino Fernández decided to leave roughly £2million to every single resident of the sleepy Spanish village where he grew up – a place called Cerezales del Condado. Fernandez emigrated to Mexico at the age of 32 to make his fortune as the CEO of Grupo Modelo (the brewery company that makes Corona) and went on to become a billionaire, but he clearly never forgot his roots judging by his dying act.
What an absolutely great thing to do. I can only hope one day that I might be able to leave everyone in the village I grew up in a tenner, let alone a couple of million. Maximino Sanchez – who runs the bar in the village – said the following about Fernández’s generosity:
We never had any pesete (money) before. I don’t know what we would have done without Antonino.
Heartwarming. To make the story even better, the villagers aren’t even being assholes with the money and have all voluntarily donated some of it to build a cultural centre there. Granted, donating a bit of £2million that you just got for free probably isn’t that much of a chore, but it’s still important to recognise that they didn’t all blow it immediately on strippers and cocaine as most people would.
The main point of the story though is that Antonino Fernández was an absolute sickhead who deserves to be remembered. RIP.
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