William Z. McFarland (born 1991) is an American convicted felon who co-founded the ill-fated Fyre Festival.
He defrauded investors of $27.4 million by marketing and selling tickets to the festival and other events.
In 2013, McFarland founded Magnises, a club targeted at millennials, using $1.5 million of investor funding.
In May 2017, McFarland and Ja Rule were sued for $100 million in a class action lawsuit on behalf of Fyre Festival attendees.
He was released from the penitentiary in late March 2022, after serving over four years.
He was raised in the Short Hills section of Millburn, New Jersey.
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