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Ex. 28

DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

THIS AGREEMENT is made and entered into as of this 31st day of May 2017, by and between Fairholme Funds, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the "Client") and Fairholme Distributors, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the "Distributor").

WHEREAS, the Client is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"), as an open-end management investment company, and is authorized to issue shares of common stock ("Shares") in separate series, with each such series representing interests in a separate portfolio of securities and other assets;

WHEREAS, the Client desires to retain the Distributor as principal underwriter in connection with the offering and sale of the Shares of each series listed on Exhibit A hereto (as amended from time to time) (each a "Fund" and collectively the "Funds");

WHEREAS, the Distributor is registered as a broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "1934 Act"), and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA");

WHEREAS, this Agreement has been approved by a vote of the Client’s board of directors (the "Board") and its disinterested directors in conformity with Section 15(c) of the 1940 Act; and

WHEREAS, the Distributor is willing to act as principal underwriter for the Client on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and mutual covenants herein contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, do hereby agree as follows:

1. Appointment of Distributor. The Client hereby appoints the Distributor as its exclusive agent for the sale and distribution of Shares of the Funds, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, and the Distributor hereby accepts such exclusive appointment and agrees to perform the services and duties set forth in this Agreement.

2. Services and Duties of the Distributor.

A. The Distributor agrees to act as agent of the Client for distribution of the Shares of the Funds, upon the terms and at the current offering price (plus sales charge, if any) described in the Prospectus. As used in this Agreement, the term "Prospectus" shall mean each current prospectus, as amended or supplemented, relating to any of the Funds and included in the currently effective registration statement(s) or post-effective amendment(s) thereto (the "Registration Statement") of the Client under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "1933 Act") and the 1940 Act.

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B. During the continuous public offering of Shares of the Funds, the Distributor shall use commercially reasonable efforts to distribute the Shares. All orders for Shares shall be made through financial intermediaries or directly to the applicable Fund or its designated agent. Such purchase orders shall be deemed effective at the time and in the manner set forth in the Prospectus. The Client or its designated agent will confirm orders and subscriptions upon receipt, will make appropriate book entries and, upon receipt of payment therefor, will issue the appropriate number of Shares in uncertificated form.

C. The Distributor shall maintain membership with the NSCC and any other similar successor organization to sponsor a participant number for the Funds so as to enable the Shares to be traded through FundSERV. The Distributor shall not be responsible for any operational matters associated with FundSERV or Networking transactions.

D. The Distributor acknowledges and agrees that it is not authorized to provide any information or make any representations regarding the Funds other than as contained in the Prospectus and any sales literature and advertising materials specifically approved by the Client.

E. The Distributor agrees to review all advertising materials and sales literature for compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and shall file with appropriate regulators those advertising materials and sales literature it believes are in compliance with such laws and regulations. The Distributor agrees to furnish to the Client any comments provided by regulators with respect to such materials.

F. The Client agrees to redeem or repurchase Shares tendered by shareholders of the Funds in accordance with the Client’s obligations in the Prospectus and the Registration Statement. The Client reserves the right to suspend such repurchase right upon written notice to the Distributor.

G. The Distributor shall, at the request of the Client, enter into agreements with such qualified broker-dealers and other financial intermediaries as it may select, in order that such broker-dealers and other intermediaries also may sell Shares of the Funds or, otherwise, accept orders for Shares of the Funds ("Standard Dealer Agreement"). The form of Standard Dealer Agreement shall be approved by the Client. The Distributor shall not be obligated to make any payments to any broker-dealers, other financial intermediaries or other third

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