It’s being reported that late Spanish Billionaire, Antonino Fernández willed over $2m each to residents of Cerezales del Condado, a tiny village in the North-Western Spanish province of Leon.
Fernandez, the founder of Corona Beer, migrated to Mexico in 1949 when he was 32, and died in August 2016 at 99.
According to UK Independent, residents of the village have said that the story went “completely out of hand,” and that they’re not actually millionaires, adding that they haven’t received any money directly from the late business mogul.
The Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia, a cultural and contemporary art center established by Fernandez, categorically denied the reports.
“I can confirm he didn’t leave money to his villagers in his will. His family recently opened his will and we actually don’t know who got the money from the inheritance. But it’s definitely not the town or his neighbours. Some family members have a house in the village, but they don’t live there. They just come during the holidays,” Lucia Alajos, the Foundation’s communications department chief told Mashable.
Fernandez was the eleventh child in a family of 13 kids in the Spanish village of Cerezales, which is in the province of Leon in north-west Spain.
He left school when he was 14-years-old, because his parents could not afford the fees.
In 1949 he moved to Mexico, aged 32, following an invitation from his wife’s uncle to work for the brewery Grupo Modelo as a warehouse employee.
He worked his way up through the ranks and become CEO in 1971.
A well-known philanthropist, Fernandez established in 2009, the Cerezales Antonino y Cinia Foundation in his hometown to support the local cultural scene.