John McAfee

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John McAfee

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McAfee in June 2016
Born(1945-09-18)September 18, 1945
DiedJune 23, 2021(2021-06-23) (aged 75)
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
NationalityBritish / American
Alma materRoanoke College
OccupationSoftware developer, founder of McAfee, Chairman of Future Tense Secure Systems[1]
Known forMcAfee, Inc
Political partyLibertarian Party
Previous affiliations:
Cyber Party (2015)

John David McAfee KBE [2] (September 18, 1945 – June 23, 2021) was a British-American computer programmer. He was the developer of the first commercial anti-virus program. This bore the McAfee brand-name for years, until it was bought by Intel and given the Intel name.

Early life[change | change source]

McAfee was born in an U.S. Army base stationed in the United Kingdom. He was raised in Virginia and Alabama.

Business career[change | change source]

His wealth peaked at $100 million, before his investments suffered in the global crisis of 2007. McAfee also has interests in smartphone apps, yoga and all-natural antibiotics.

Political career[change | change source]

On September 8, 2015, McAfee announced that he would seek the office of President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election as the candidate of a newly formed political party called the Cyber Party.[3] On December 24, 2015 he re-announced his candidacy bid, saying that he would instead seek the Libertarian nomination for President.[4]

On June 4, 2018, McAfee announced his plans to run for president as a Libertarian in the 2020 presidential election.[5]

Death[change | change source]

On June 23, 2021, McAfee was found dead after committing suicide by hanging in a prison cell in Sant Esteve Sesrovires near Barcelona.[6] Hours before his death, Spain approved for McAfee to be extradited to the United States for tax crimes.[7][8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Future Tense Central. "About Us - Future Tense Central". Archived from the original on 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  2. "FEC FORM 2" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  3. Garcia, Ahiza (September 8, 2015). "John McAfee announces he's running for President". CNN. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  4. Swartz, Jon. "McAfee will run as Libertarian Party candidate for president". USA TODAY. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  5. "John McAfee to Run for President in 2020". Bitsonline. June 4, 2018. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  6. Carranco, Rebeca (2021-06-23). "El fundador del antivirus McAfee, John McAfee, se suicida en una prisión de Barcelona". EL PAÍS (in Spanish). Archived from the original on June 23, 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  7. "McAfee antivirus software creator dead in Spanish prison". AP News. 2021-06-23. Archived from the original on June 23, 2021. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  8. "John McAfee Reportedly Found Dead In Prison". The African Media. 2021-06-23. Archived from the original on 2021-06-24. Retrieved 2021-06-24.

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