McAfee thinks the most visionary tech leader right now, however, is Kim Dotcom, the man accused by the U.S. government of copyright fraud on a grand scale through his now-shuttered website Megaupload.
"Look at what the man did, for heaven's sake," said McAfee. "He single-handedly collected a double-digit percentage of the Internet traffic. Do you realize how monumental this is?"
Critics and investigators would say Dotcom grabbed that share by stealing content.
"He's a criminal only if you believe the party line that 'If I created it, it is mine' ... content will have to be free eventually," McAfee said.
When asked if a songwriter or movie director shouldn't expect to get paid for his or her creation, McAfee heatedly replied, "Find another way to make money." He said a new paradigm has to be created for compensation.
"We cannot bring the 19th century into the 22nd," he declared. "I'm a software person, I know I want to get paid, too, but I do not expect to get paid in the same way I got paid 30 years ago."
McAfee is not only working on technology products, he is also working on a feature-length documentary. There's a biography in the works being written by imprisoned cocaine kingpin "Boston George" Jung, and Warner Brothers is developing a movie based on McAfee's adventures.
Who would McAfee like to portray him in the movie? Bryan Cranston, who portrays chemist-turned-drug-lord Walter White in "Breaking Bad."
"I think he would be perfect," he said.
As for McAfee Inc., the company he created and then left, "I don't use the software myself, haven't used it for years."
—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells