Did the founder of Corona, Antonio Fernandez, leave his village $2.5 million to each of its 80 residents? Or was this just a report lost in translation? From The New York Post to BBC news, this report has been circulating as the truth. However, his family can confirm that this is just a rumour.
This misunderstanding originally stemmed from a simple translation of articles published by Spanish-language outlets. The local paper of his village, Diario de León, only emphasized Fernandez’s kind nature in their report following his death. Not this stunning news. However, it is not entirely clear how English-language media outlets ended up with this false particular story that circulated the globe. But it sure would be amazing if it were to be true.
Antonino Fernandez, who was born in the Spanish village of Cerezales del Condado in 1917, emigrated to Mexico to make his fortune. Throughout his life he restored his village, but after he died back in August he did not change the lives of his village by this generous donation.
According to reports from the Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia, a cultural and art center established by Fernandez, this isn’t true.
While it is very possible that some of Fernandez’s fortune will go to the place of his birth in Spain, reports of every resident of Cerezales del Condado had become millionaires overnight is just not true. This generosity of the beer mogul were simply premature and possibly based on bad translation.