In an upcoming book, No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes, biographer Mark Eglinton details how controversial late tech pioneer John McAfee managed to blow his US$100 million fortune.
McAfee’s life was as controversial as its ultimate ending. Earlier this year, he was charged with fraud and just last month, he was found dead in his Spanish cell in an apparent suicide. True to form, McAfee preemptively tweeted:
Eglinton’s revelations come shortly after McAfee’s untimely death. The biographer alleges that McAfee blew millions of dollars on “bizarre” mansions and compounds around the world. Eglinton apparently interviewed McAfee over Skype starting in August 2019, when McAfee was on the run, fearing a pending US indictment on charges of tax evasion, which was unsealed upon his arrest last October.
Eglinton suggests that McAfee got hammered by the real estate crisis in 2008. Many of his properties were sold at a great loss, such as his Woodland Park, Colorado compound which he bought for US$25 million and later sold for US$5.2 million.
McAfee was allegedly so broke that he was unable to pay advance money to cover costs prior to sealing a book deal, remarking that he couldn’t do it, telling Eglinton “my financial situation is worse than yours”.
I don’t doubt that if he could have helped he would have.Mark Eglinton
In one his last tweets, McAfee claimed that he had “nothing”:
Janice Dyson, McAfee’s widow, maintains that her husband did not commit suicide and as yet has not commented on the status of McAfee’s estate.
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