Growing up in a small town of 80 people in Cerezales del Condado, Spain, the founder of the Corona beer empire Antonino Fernández had once been among the poor folks of the village. Being one of thirteen children, the family had been poor – so poor in fact that by age 14, he dropped out of school to work in the fields just like all the people living in the town are doing.
But fate shone on Fernández when he moved to Leon, northern Spain after the devastating Spanish Civil War. He met Cinia González Díez and they fell in love. They would move to Mexico in 1949 where he would start working in the warehouse of his wife’s uncle.
And as the perfect example of a rags-to-riches story, Fernández worked his way to the top, eventually becoming CEO in 1971. But he didn’t stop at being CEO of his wife’s uncle’s company. Instead, he used that to start his own business which would amazingly grow and become the Corona Beer empire he certainly didn’t think would ever happen considering his humble roots.
But being one of the richest people on Earth didn’t make him forget his roots. According to The Telegraph, when he died last August at the age of 98, he left a fortune to the villagers of Cerezales del Condado.
He gave each one 2.35 million euros ($2.5 million) in his will – though that probably wouldn’t put a huge dent on the billionaire’s money as the total of around $210 million is still but a small portion to his billion-dollar empire.
The town couldn’t believe what just happened. Aside from the villagers receiving $2.5 million each in inheritance, the town reportedly gets a brand new cultural center. Isn’t that amazing? It’s just wonderful that Fernández didn’t forget his roots…
“We never had any pesete (money) before. I don’t know, what we would have done without Antonino [Fernández],” bar owner Maximino Sanchez reportedly told the Diario de León newspaper.