John Mcafee Net Worth 2020, Biography, Personal Life and Career
John Mcafee Net Worth 2020 – John McAfee is an information security pioneer who founded the global computer security software company, McAfee.
A highly influential figure in the field of computer security, he is a world-renowned expert on internet surveillance, global hacking scandals and threats, and personal privacy online.
John McAfee was born on September 18, 1945, in the United Kingdom, to an English mother and an American father.
His father was serving as a soldier in World War II when he met his mother. Later on, his father started working as a road surveyor. His parents moved to Roanoke, Virginia, when he was young.
He had a difficult childhood as his father was an abusive alcoholic. Things took a turn for the worse when his father shot himself dead when John was 15. This incident would haunt John forever.
Deeply affected by the problems in his family, he started drinking and taking drugs. John was also naturally brilliant so he managed to excel academically in spite of his addictions.
John McAfee is twice married. His first wife was Judy who left him in the early 1980s unable to cope with his drug addiction and drinking problems. He is currently married to Janice Dyson.
He has been involved with several other women as well. His past relationship with former teenage prostitute Amy Emshwiller has received considerable media coverage.
He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roanoke College in 1967.
He was later on accepted into the Northeast State Louisiana State College for his Ph.D. in mathematics. However, his degree was terminated because of his unacceptable sexual behavior.
McAfee was a highly intelligent young man with an uncanny knack for programming. Because of his excellent skills and knowledge, he was able to get jobs in reputed organizations in spite of his drug addiction and alcoholism.
He found work as a programmer at NASA’s Institute for Space Studies in New York City in 1968. After working there for a couple of years he moved to Univac to work as a software designer.
In the mid-1970s he was employed as an operating system architect at Xerox. He then joined Computer Sciences Corporation as a software consultant in 1978.
From 1980 to 1982 he worked for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Throughout this period he remained addicted to alcohol and drugs and that could be one of the reasons he was unable to find stability in any job.
He was then employed by the defense contractor Lockheed Martin, where he worked on a classified voice-recognition program.
It was here that he learned about a self-replicating code designed to copy itself on to any floppy disk inserted into affected computers. Such a code was called a “Virus”.
He started developing software to combat viruses as he intuitively sensed that the menace of viruses would grow manifold in the coming years. He went on to found his own computer anti-virus company McAfee Associates in 1987.
By 1989 he had quit his job at Lockheed and devoted himself wholeheartedly to his fast-growing business.
The threat of viruses increased worldwide and soon McAfee became a multi-million dollar business. During the mid-1990s John McAfee sold off his stake in the business.
In the mid-1990s he founded Tribal Voice, a company that developed the instant messaging program, PowWow. His other business ventures include QuorumEx and Future Tense Central.
In September 2015, he announced that he would run for the office of U.S. President in the 2016 presidential election as a member of the newly-formed Cyber Party.
John McAfee has a net worth of $4 million.