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John McAfee biography: 13 things about antivirus software creator born in Cinderford, England

John David McAfee was a British-American computer programmer and businessman who lived in different countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Guatemala and Belize. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born on a U.S. Army base in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England, U.S. to an American father and a British mother. He was raised in Salem, Virginia, USA. In 1960, his father fatally shot himself.
  2. In 1967, he graduated from Roanoke College in Salem with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. In 2008, the school awarded him an honorary doctor of science degree.
  3. From 1968 to 1970, he worked as a programmer in the Institute for Space Studies of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in New York City, New York, USA.
  4. In 1987, he founded the software company McAfee Associates. He created the company’s first commercial antivirus software. In 1994, he resigned from the company.
  5. In February 2010, he started QuorumEx, a company headquartered in Belize.
  6. On April 30, 2012, the Gang Suppression Unit of the Belize Police Department raided his property in Orange Walk Town, Belize.
  7. On November 11, 2012, American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull was found dead of a gunshot wound at his home on Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize. On November 12, 2012, Belize police started a search for him as a person of interest in connection to the murder of Faull, who was his neighbor. He fled Belize and went to Guatemala.
  8. On December 5, 2012, he was arrested for illegally entering Guatemala and was taken from his holding facility to a detention center in order to await deportation to Belize. On December 12, 2012, he was released from detention and was deported to the U.S.
  9. His experiences in Belize were the subject of the documentary titled “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” which premiered on Showtime Networks in September 2016.
  10. He unsuccessfully sought the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. president in 2016 and 2020.
  11. On November 14, 2018, the Circuit Court in Orlando, Florida, USA refused to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against him for the murder of Faull in Belize.
  12. On October 3, 2020, he was arrested at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice in an airport in Barcelona, Spain when he was about to to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey with a British passport. He was booked into the Centro penitenciario Brians 1 in Barcelona.
  13. On June 23, 2021, he was found dead due to an apparent suicide by hanging in a prison cell in Barcelona shortly after Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to the U.S. to face criminal tax evasion charges. He died at the age of 75.

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