Portland is the new home to a software legend who was running from authorities in Belize and now will have a movie produced about his ridiculous story.
Yes, McAfee’s life has taken some wild turns after inventing and making a fortune off his antivirus software 20 years ago. In an interview with The Oregonian, McAfee discussed his past, present and future while adding that money “is the worst curse in the world” and “removes your freedom.”
“…the more you have, the more you are owned until finally you have no freedom of movement whatsoever and you end up like Bill Gates,” McAfee told The Oregonian.
“His life is managed moment to moment by his money,” he continued. “It’s a horrible situation. Now, it’s a hard thing to give up, even though you know it’s like drugs, you know? You’re addicted to heroin, you know that it’s killing you but you can’t stop. Same thing with money. Only far worse. Far worse. So, I think it’s a curse. I think everyone who’s been there will agree.”
McAfee also has interesting thoughts about women. He lived with as many as eight in Belize.
“Living with one woman is horrific,” he said. “Living with two is nightmarish, but you get past five and suddenly they’re entertaining themselves, really.”
McAfee isn’t in this neck of the woods for the coffee or the budding tech scene. He’s is teaming up with a Portland animation director and illustrator Chad Essley to produce a graphic novel about his life in Belize, which included murder accusations of McAfee’s neighbor, near-death experiences, lots of women and an escape from Belize. It’s a truly crazy story.
Warner Bros. also recently bought the rights to a Wired magazine story about McAfee’s tale. He’ll spend his time in Portland working on the novel, the movie and another book. You can read all about the wild adventures of the former software guru at his website whoismcafee.com.
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