From the Cointelegraph archives, John McAfee tells his crypto story and looks back at his very fascinating life.
Early in his life, the computer programmer got a job at the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA, working on the world’s first weather satellite. There he learned about computer security and people’s concerns about unauthorized actors accessing private data.
McAfee also shared that he earned all his money not from the popular “McAfee” antivirus software, but from other projects. He explained:
“People know me from McAfee, but no, it wasn’t my biggest success. It was some trivial thing. It was my future things, to which I did not attach my name, that taught me and made me all my money.”
In 2011, McAfee’s friends pressured him to read the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper published by his pseudonym creator Satoshi Nakamoto. Impressed with the power of Bitcoin’s mathematics, the computer programmer saw the digital asset’s world-changing potential.
According to McAfee, his entry into crypto began with being the chairman and CEO of MGT, which was the world’s sixth largest BTC mining firm, valued at $800 million. However, McAfee noted that it eventually folded when BTC sank after going sky high.
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The company was delisted by the New York Stock Exchange, which McAfee said was a warning shot – an attempt to silence him and a threat that he would be destroyed if he did not shut up. McAfee continued the story:
“First, they tried to get me in America when they convened a grand jury. I found out about it in advance, so we left for Florida the next day. We picked up our yacht with Janice, myself, four big dogs and seven of my staff and set sail, headed to the Bahamas.”
McAfee said they eventually went to Cuba and then to the Dominican Republic, where they were arrested before getting off the boat.