#182: The Crazy Life of John McAfee

English Learning for Curious Minds

05-08-2021 • 22 minutos

He was an internet security pioneer, and his McAfee Antivirus software was used on hundreds of millions of computers all around the world.

But privately, he lived a crazy life that ended in tragedy.

In this episode, we'll learn all about the wild, wild, life of this cybersecurity legend.

  • The early life of John McAfee
  • Finding talent for mathematics
  • Early vices: drink & drugs
  • Being kicked out of his PhD programme
  • Working in high-powered technology jobs (and developing a terrible drug addiction)
  • Creating McAfee Antivirus and making money from paranoia
  • Walking away with $80 million
  • Becoming a target for hackers
  • Losing all of his money in the financial crash
  • Moving to Belize
  • Claiming he was being extorted by the Belizean government
  • The murder of George Faull
  • Fleeing Belize
  • Running for US President
  • Attacking McAfee Antivirus
  • Promoting cryptocurrency
  • Being chased by the IRS and FBI
  • The final chapter: The Spanish jail cell
  • Conspiracy theories about his death

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/john-mcafee


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