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U.S. billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates may not be a great beer aficionado, but that didn’t stop him from purchasing a 3.76 percent stake in Holland’s Heineken Holding that were sold off earlier this month by Mexico’s FEMSA bottling company.

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Netherlands’ Financial Markets Authority (AFM) announced that Gates had purchased the shares of Heineken Holding, which owns a controlling stake in FEMSA, which has divested its interests in Heineken two days earlier, selling all 18 million shares it held in Heineken Holding.

Gates purchased 10.8 million of those shares, worth $939.87 million, triggering a disclosure requirement under Dutch stock market rules.

During a social media round table in 2018, Gates said he was “not a big beer drinker.”

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