PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has moved to Oregon hoping to complete a number of media projects about his life.
The 67-year-old told The Oregonian on Saturday (http://is.gd/ib6S6L ) that he will live in Portland for the next 18 months after fleeing Belize last year and is looking to buy a house or condominium.
He is collaborating with local illustrator Chad Essley on a graphic novel — a story in illustrations and word balloons — about his experiences in Belize.
The events of McAfee's life last year have attracted international attention.
Authorities in Belize want to question McAfee as "a person of interest" in the Nov. 11 killing of an American expatriate, Gregory Faull. McAfee has denied any involvement.
He fled Belize for Guatemala at the end of last year, then was detained and deported to Miami. In Miami, he bought a Chevy pickup and embarked on a three-week road trip to Portland, he said.
McAfee, who founded the antivirus software company that bears his name, is trying to generate controversy and get his name in the news to help sell his media projects, which include a documentary, he said.
The eccentric software pioneer admitted that he wants to generate public interest in his life, particularly the seven to eight female companions he claimed lived with him 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."
That lifestyle has been a far cry from his high-tech work almost 20 years, when he started the anti-virus company McAfee Associates. He sold the company for millions of dollars, but reports vary about how much of that fortune remains, the newspaper reported.
He said he doesn't care too much for money, calling it the "worst curse in the world... Because money removes your freedom. It gives you the illusion of freedom because you can do anything you want. But everything you do is one more bar in your prison."
McAfee added that he didn't care about his legacy: "I don't care how people remember me. Because here's the problem with legacy. Legacy is written by your enemies, always."
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com