One author has claimed the late John McAfee was WRONG when he died in prison after blowing up his $ 100 million fortune in “bizarre” mansions.
Mark Eglinton, who collaborated with the tech pioneer on a book for six months while on the run, believed McAfee was penniless at the time of his death – citing evidence from a series of exclusive interviews .
Speaking to MailOnline, Eglinton said McAfee was unable to pay what he had asked for for the planned collaboration book – due out next month.
“I have no doubt that if he could have helped he would have,” Eglinton said of the advance he requested.
“He said, ‘I can’t do it, my financial situation is worse than yours. ”
The author claimed he interviewed the outlaw for countless hours on Skype while on the run, amid fear of an ongoing U.S. indictment of tax evasion.
McAfee was finally arrested last October and was facing extradition before his alleged suicide in his prison cell near Barcelona in June.
But, before falling into his perilous position, McAfee’s peak net worth was estimated to be around $ 100 million.
Eglinton has now suggested that McAfee lost his fortune in the real estate market after revealing to the author “where he spent his money over the years.”
The author said. “He had his money in very safe investments, but he built houses, absolutely bizarre properties.
“Some of them, he never slept a night on the property. “
McAfee owned large mansions and resorts in various locations in Belize, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, and Tennessee, among others.
McAfee’s complex in Woodland Park, Colorado was valued at over $ 25 million, but it sold at auction for just $ 5.72 million in 2007.
However, Eglinton revealed that the 75-year-old’s biggest loss was the $ 100 million sale of McAfee Associates, a computer antivirus company he founded in 1987.
Eglinton said McAfee told him, “The $ 100 million I took out of McAfee [Antivirus], it goes very quickly. “
Their collaboration on the book, titled No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes ultimately failed because McAfee insisted that the publisher pay it in cryptocurrency, according to Eglinton.
During his later life, the tech guru had become a cryptocurrency investor in which he spoke at press conferences and touted various services.
However, his job quickly dried up and he was subsequently prosecuted after publicly touting cryptocurrency offers and digital tokens which were then sold once prices rose on promotions.
In one of his latest tweets, McAfee wrote: “The United States thinks I hid the crypto.
“I would have liked to have done it, but it has dissolved in the many hands of the McAfee team, and my remaining assets are all foreclosed.
“My friends evaporated for fear of being associated. I have nothing. However, I do not regret anything. “
McAfee’s latest revelations come just days after his wife refused to believe the tech titan hanged himself in a Spanish prison last month – remaining skeptical of the apparent suicide note found in his pocket.
Janice previously tweeted: “There was no [sic] emergency on the part of the various Spanish authorities involved in the investigation of John’s death and there is clearly a cover-up going on here regarding the events surrounding his death.
“We have not received the death certificate, the official autopsy report or the official prison report.
“I understand that things take time but the lack of cooperation from the Spanish authorities only confirms our suspicion that they have something to hide. “