The Crazy, Mixed-Up Life Of Millionaire Antivirus Inventor John McAfee
There was a time when the words ‘computer virus’ went hand-in-hand with ‘McAfee Antivirus’.
The software developed by tech expert John McAfee in the 1980s found its way on to millions of home computers, and made McAfee Associates one of the biggest tech companies of the 1990s.
But what about its inventor? Well, he’s led a pretty wild and crazy life. How wild and crazy? Read on to find out!
He Was Born In England
Born on a US Army base in Gloucestershire, England on the 18th of September 1948, John McAfee moved back to the States with his family at a very early age to the town of Salem in Virginia. His father – an alcoholic – committed suicide when John was fifteen years old – a fact the tech legend says he wakes up and thinks about every day.
An Early Eye For Business
In the late 1960s, McAfee attended Roanoake College, studying Mathematics. McAfee was an enterprising man from a very young age, with a keen eye for business and a knack for spotting an opportunity. His first business venture was selling magazines door-to-door – a venture which he later claimed made him a small fortune.