THE internet works in mysterious ways with intriguing new stories spreading like wildfire. It turns out one such story run by EWN has grown wings despite being the result of some exaggeration somewhere down the line.
Antonino Fernandez, the Corona kingpin, did NOT make every villager in his home village of Cerezales del Condado in northern Spain a millionaire in his will.
Where that idea originated is unclear but the story had been broadcast by multiple respected media outlets in the UK, Russia and America before EWN decided to publish.
The real story isn’t very different and still shows the billionaire to be an exceptionally generous philanthropist. The precise details of his will remain unclear but it is understood that he has gifted some €200 million to his relatives, not generally to inhabitants of the village.
Fernandez grew up one of 13 children in the tiny Spanish village and they have countless children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews between them, although he himself didn’t have any children with his wife of 60 years.
Although the villagers haven’t been made millionaires, they have benefitted immensely from the generosity of Fernandez who never forgot where he came from.
He paid for the restoration of the church and helped open a cultural centre and bring running water to people’s homes. His philanthropic work, particularly helping disabled people across Spain, was recognised by the former King of Spain Juan Carlos.