Although Bill Gates previously said he was “not a big beer drinker”, the billionaire founder of Microsoft bought a 3.76% share in Dutch drinks giant Heineken Holding NV.
Netherland’s Financial Markets Authority’s filing said the shares were purchased on Feb 17. Heineken Holding owns a controlling stake in brewer Heineken NV.
The shares were purchased by Gates from Mexico’s FEMSA, which is selling out of the brewing company.
A separate filing also dated Feb.17 showed FEMSA sold all 18 million shares it held in Heineken Holding. 10.8 million shares, worth 883 million euros were purchased by Bill Gates, triggering a disclosure requirement under Dutch stock market rules.
Gates said he “not a big beer drinker” in 2018 in a “Ask me Anything” chat session on Reddit.
“When I end up at something like a baseball game I drink light beer to get with the vibe of all the other beer drinkers. Sorry to disappoint real beer drinkers.”