In bid to diversify, Bill Gates buys 3.76% of Heineken beer

SEATTLE, Washington: Despite previously saying that he was "not a big beer drinker," Bill Gates has bought a 3.76 percent stake in Dutch drinks giant Heineken Holding NV, which owns a controlling stake in brewer Heineken NV.

The filing by the Netherlands’ Financial Markets Authority said the shares were purchased on 17th February from Mexico’s FEMSA.

A separate filing on the same day reported that FEMSA sold all 18 million shares it held in Heineken Holding, with Gates purchasing 10.8 million shares worth $939.87 million at current market prices, triggering a disclosure requirement, as per Dutch stock market rules.

The billionaire founder of Microsoft said he was "not a big beer drinker" at an "Ask Me Anything" chat session on Reddit in 2018.

The charitable foundation launched by Gates and his former wife, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has not responded to a request for comment.