- John McAfee was indeed “broke” when he died according to a Scottish author
- Mark Eglinton spent six months on the run with McAfee, interviewing him about his life and philosophies
- McAfee spent most of his money on properties, some of which he had to sell at a loss
John McAfee was indeed broke when he died a month ago according to author Mark Eglinton, who spent six months with the maverick entrepreneur while he was on the run from authorities, despite earning some $100 million on cryptocurrency promotion and through his antivirus program. McAfee, whose widow has claimed there is a “cover up” behind his alleged suicide, purchased a series of “bizarre properties” over the years and as a result couldn’t afford to pay Eglinton for the work on the project.
McAfee Poured Money Into Properties
McAfee died in prison just hours after a judge in Madrid ruled that he could be extradited to the U.S. on several charges including tax evasion and not filing a tax return for several years. He had tweeted in the days before the ruling that he had no more cryptocurrency left, and it seems that in that at least he may have been correct.
Eglinton, who conducted hours of interviews with McAfee for a book, No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes, told the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper that the famed cryptocurrency shiller said he couldn’t even afford to pay the advance on the book:
“He had his money in very safe investments, but he built houses, absolutely bizarre properties. Some of them, he never slept a night in the property.”
These purchases include large mansions and compounds in Belize, Hawaii, Texas, Colorado, and Tennessee among others. McAfee sold some of these at huge losses during the financial crisis of 2008, which worsened his financial situation.
Author Wasn’t Paid For Work
Eglinton proposed the book to McAfee and the pair started working on it, but it soon became apparent that McAfee couldn’t afford his services. The collaboration fell through entirely when McAfee insisted that Eglinton’s publisher pay him in cryptocurrency and then withheld his address to which they could post a contract. Eglinton finished the book himself.
McAfee’s wife Janice has put out several tweets, including McAfee’s alleged suicide note, but has noted from day one her doubts about the legitimacy of the suicide claims, suggesting there is a cover up because of McAfee’s alleged inside knowledge of the activities of those in power in U.S. politics.