This is one of those times when a huge excess of alcohol, has resulted in a very positive outcome, although not quite as great as people thought.
Residents of the tiny Spanish village of Cerezales del Condado were left confused when articles were swamped with news that their fellow resident, and CEO of the brewery company Grupo Modelo, the makers of Corona beer, Antonio Fernandez, had left each of the 77 residents part of his billions that he died with in August.
The claims stated that each Fernandez, who died aged 99, had left each of them a share of his huge fortune for living in the village where he was born.
However, it turns out that whilst Fernandez in fact left his fortune to his family in his will, publications got the wrong end of the stick, and with this, the inaccurate story continued to spread.
‘It’s simply not true, unfortunately,’ Lucia Alaejos from the Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia told The Local in Spain. ‘It’s got completely out of hand.’
Although the Spanish villagers won’t be sharing directly in his fortune, Fernandez had left behind a huge legacy within the place where he grew up. Along with his 13 siblings, he would visit the village regularly, and pay to restore the village, and so keep it alive.
Over the years, he had paid for restoring the local church and square, as well as bringing a supply of water to each home, together with resurfacing roads and even opening a cultural centre for the residents.
Fernandez was seen as a philanthropist who always stayed true to his roots and motherland. He was honoured by the former King Of Spain, Juan Carlos, for his array of charitable deeds to help others.
As well as working with young disabled people, he always set up a foundation in his hometown in 2009 called the Cerezales Antonino y Cinia, which supported the rural initiatives in the area.
Corona Extra is currently the second most imported bottled beer in the US, with annual sales of £556 million. The story that claimed that residents of Fernandez’s village would be receiving a share of his billions was misinterpreted by German newspaper Welt.
However, Maximino Sanchez, the owner of Cerezales del Condado’s only bar, which only stocks Grupo Modelo beers, told the local newspaper Diario de León: ‘I do not know what we would have done without Antonino. We used to have no money.’
And so it seems that with his village repairs, restorations, and social centres, Fernandez’s legacy in his tiny hometown will live on for generations to come.
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