Anti Virus developer, veteran entrepreneur, and cryptocurrency proponent, John McAfee has been reportedly found dead in his prison cell.
Circumstances around his death undoubtedly are quite unfortunate from having to elope the U.S to being arrested and jailed in Spain, extradited back and eventually having to commit suicide (unconfirmed).
The billionaire also revealed his quick fortune reversal weeks ago where he said he lost all his wealth squandered by his McAfee team and others seized by authorities.
However, despite all the tragedy that surrounded his death, the septuagenarian had an exciting life that was quiet fun and adventurous.
Below are five things you may not have known about John McAfee
Family and personal life
McAfee was born to a British father and an American mother on September 18, 1945.
At age 15, his father committed suicide by gunshot.
In 1963, he got a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roanoke College, which also gave him an honorary Sc.D. degree in 2008.
In 2013, McAfee married Janice Dyson, who was 30 years younger than him, ABC Newsreported.
McAfee was the founder of McAfee Associates. He established the antivirus software company in 1987 but resigned from the company in 1994.
McAfee made his big break as the pioneer of the first commercial antivirus software.
In 1997, McAfee Associates and Network General came together to form Network Associates.
After then, he founded several companies including tribal Voice, QuorumEx and Future Tense Central, among others.
In companies like Everykey, MGT Capital Investments, and Luxcore, McAfee held leadership positions.
Other businesses McAfee ventured into
As a serial entrepreneur, John McAfee had other business interests aside software programming.
Such interests include cryptocurrency, herbal antibiotics, and yoga.
McAfee, in his lifetime, also delved into politics. In 2016 and 2020, he sought to be nominated as the United States Presidential candidate under the Libertarian Party.
However, he was unsuccessful in his pursuit.
Arrest and death
John McAfee was arrested in Spain on the grounds of tax evasion on October 6, 2020.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission had brought civil charges against McAfee.
The Commission stated that he could face up to 30 years in prison, upon conviction.
He is alleged to have deliberately failed to file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, despite earning millions from consulting work, cryptocurrencies and selling the rights to his life story, AFP reported.
While awaiting extradition to the United States, McAfee was found dead on Wednesday in prison in Barcelona, Spanish. He was aged 75.