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  • Steve Jobs' Biological Father Comes Forward in Hopes of Meeting His Son


    On the surface, it sounds like the Silicon Valley edition of a bad episode of Maury Povich.

    Less than one week after stepping down as CEO of the company he is synonymous with, the oracle of Apple, Steve Jobs, is being courted for a meeting by his biological father.

    According to an eye-opening interview appearing in the New York Post, Abdulfattah John Jandali - an 80-year old Syrian immigrant and successful businessman in his own right (pictured above) - is identified as the Apple co-founder's biological father. Although many people are unaware, Steve Jobs, now 56, was adopted.

    For all his accomplishments, the Syrian immigrant says he is overcome with guilt over his treatment of Jobs, 56, and given his son's health woes and decision this week to step down as Apple CEO, fears time is running out.
    "Now I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me, because even to have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man," Jandali said, noting that he won't reach out to his son. Jandali believes it should be Steve who reaches out to him.

    "I'd be lying if I said it doesn't sadden me to have not been part of my son's incredible journey," he said. "What father wouldn't think that? And I would think that even if he was not the head of a hugely successful company."

    Jandali, however, tells the New York Post that he learned only "in recent years" that the son his ex-wife gave up for adoption 56 years ago became the one and only Steve Jobs.

    In 1955, Jandali's girlfriend Joanne Simpson became pregnant, and though he wanted to marry her, he says her family would not allow it.
    "I was very much in love with Joanne," Jandali reveals. "But sadly, her father was a tyrant, and forbade her to marry me, as I was from Syria. And so she told me she wanted to give the baby up for adoption."

    Source: New York Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs' Biological Father Comes Forward in Hopes of Meeting His Son started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      Funny he chooses to come onto his life when things look so grave. I'm thinking he wants a slice of the ol apple myself.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      Funny he chooses to come onto his life when things look so grave. I'm thinking he wants a slice of the ol apple myself.
      Actually I think just the opposite
      He didn't come out to Steve when Steve was a CEO cause that could look like he wanted money and it would be alot more news worthy

      Steve stepped down and it didn't hit the press as hard I think because he was no longer a CEO

      But at the same time it's retarded that it took his dad this long to say Hey Son
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!
    1. cloudxvii's Avatar
      cloudxvii -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Actually I think just the opposite
      He didn't come out to Steve when Steve was a CEO cause that could look like he wanted money and it would be alot more news worthy
      Hear hear! We can easily say Apple rose to (increased) prominence in the last decade and a half, which really isn't that long if you think about it. It'd seem very odd if this man reached out to Steve a few years back, just as Apple begins to boom (and remember, a few years back means like...iPhone time, and we all know how that increased Apple's user base immensely). That would, as Bender puts it, seem like he's trying to get money.

      Call me naive, but I think this guy genuinely wants to know his son. Think about it, Jobs must be in pretty poor health if he had to resign. And this guy learned "in recent years" (see below) that Jobs is his son. Perhaps he thought he had more time? I dunno. Either way, I think it's a genuine extending of the olive branch. Based on how I read it, this guy didn't know Jobs was his kid for a pretty long time. Better late than never, I guess.

      Jandali, however, tells the New York Post that he learned only "in recent years" that the son his ex-wife gave up for adoption 56 years ago became the one and only Steve Jobs.
    1. ATBsky's Avatar
      ATBsky -
      Have you meet Steve's sister?
      http://www.usc.edu/libraries/partner...mpson_Mona.jpg
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Simpson_(novelist)

      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Lol so there's a chance Steve Jobs would have been raised Muslim and had a half Muslim name....

      Hmm wonder how he woulda turned out if his parents kept him
      A world without Apple would have sucked.
      Because his father had unprotected sex. Because his mother gave him for adoption instead of aborting we have iPhones.
    1. YELLOWCAKE's Avatar
      YELLOWCAKE -
      They should meet using FaceTime!
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Hey son..... mind taking care of ole pa?
    1. edoutmax's Avatar
      edoutmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vandale View Post
      This is very sad
      What's so sad, that he's half Muslim?
    1. tom28's Avatar
      tom28 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBoy123 View Post
      "Why now dad?" is the question Steve Jobs will ask him. Here's a man who learned to make it really successful without his real parents and now his father decides to step in 56 years later? That man has a lot of explaining to do. Hope all goes well Steve; God bless.
      "Without his real parents"... really? His adoptive parents are his real parents. Perhaps you meant his biological parents.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      That sure looks like his father.
    1. Feefer's Avatar
      Feefer -
      Better late than never, I guess.
      In certain situations, 'late' is the same as 'never'. I recently learned this fact when I tried to turn in a 2nd grade homework assignment 50 years late, and the current principal of the school refused to change my grade for the year.

      I dunno, but something about his "it would make ME a happy man" comment rubbed me the wrong way, perfectly consistent with the Father's been a self-centered narcissist, or at least borderline Aspergers syndrome. You know, the whole "what's in it for me?" deal, only focusing on HIS needs, which is exactly the kind of thinking that leads grown men to abandon their offspring, however they rationalize it.

      And even though he said Steve should reach out to him, why is this sperm donor running to the New York Post, of all places? You don't think a PRIVATE call to Apple's executive offices, and Job's personal secretary, might be a tad more classy? I suspect he tried, but was rebuffed. Now he's trying to publicly pressure a meeting....

      Thankfully, Jobs and his sister were able to make lemonade from lemons, and overcome the problems of their young biological parents; at least bio Mom had the courage and strength to realize she was in over her head, and that their best odds for success were in being raised by adoptive parents (an ultimately smart decision, borne out by the success of Steve and his sis. That's a success story, in anyone's book, however you get there).
    1. Tucnepo's Avatar
      Tucnepo -
      Quote Originally Posted by xNEOxGENESISx View Post
      that's just unfortunate for the paps.
      should of made the right choice 56 years ago, sir.

      probably this dude uses windows.
      Lol
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jonathan1683 View Post
      Hope he gives the same thing (middle finger) I would give my dad if he tried stepping back into my life.
      Dam, it seem this world is replaying every rich man dream? C my father B4 i die? But in reality, u won't C ur father unless u rich? What happen to the poor?
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      This guy is just after money, period! It doesn't take 56 years of dissin' your own kid to realize what you did was wrong. I have dead beat parents myself and this really ticks me off to see, I'm not a Steve fan at all but I seriously hope like someone else said here that he flips the bird to this *******.

      Coffee? Yea right...sorry but this really bites!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Lol so there's a chance Steve Jobs would have been raised Muslim and had a half Muslim name....
      Hmm wonder how he woulda turned out if his parents kept him
      I really don't see how is potential religion would have drastically changed the person he grew up to be.

      Quote Originally Posted by jonathan1683 View Post
      Hope he gives the same thing (middle finger) I would give my dad if he tried stepping back into my life.

      Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBoy123 View Post
      "Why now dad?" is the question Steve Jobs will ask him. Here's a man who learned to make it really successful without his real parents and now his father decides to step in 56 years later? That man has a lot of explaining to do. Hope all goes well Steve; God bless.
      Quote Originally Posted by zani1972 View Post
      after 56 years of being raised by another family and now that stave is sick this guy comes out of no where to tel the world this is my son, and plus he's asking for steve to come a have a cup of coffee with him should he come and see him, i really think its for the MONEY i would just give him the middle finger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by Dayvidpriddy View Post
      This guy is just after money, period! It doesn't take 56 years of dissin' your own kid to realize what you did was wrong. I have dead beat parents myself and this really ticks me off to see, I'm not a Steve fan at all but I seriously hope like someone else said here that he flips the bird to this *******.

      Coffee? Yea right...sorry but this really bites!
      Some great knee jerk reactions there. Great job fella's. Before you begin typing crap, just take a second to think about what you're going to say.

      From reading the full article (some of you might wanna try that) the man sounds like a decent guy. Having his son put up for adoption 56 years ago seemed to have been out of his control, and probably the best thing for the child. He wanted to keep the baby but repeated the wishes of it's mother (who upped and moved across country with the baby without telling anyone). Would it have been better for Steve Jobs to grow up with a single mother who has isolated herself from the childs father and her own family

      Also, the article says only in recent years has the man found out the identity of the son given up for adoption, without lack of trying. You can't blame the man for wanting to meet the son he never had a chance to be a father to, before it's too late.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I really don't see how is potential religion would have drastically changed the person he grew up to be.

      Some great knee jerk reactions there. Great job fella's. Before you begin typing crap, just take a second to think about what you're going to say.

      From reading the full article (some of you might wanna try that) the man sounds like a decent guy. Having his son put up for adoption 56 years ago seemed to have been out of his control, and probably the best thing for the child. He wanted to keep the baby but repeated the wishes of it's mother (who upped and moved across country with the baby without telling anyone). Would it have been better for Steve Jobs to grow up with a single mother who has isolated herself from the childs father and her own family

      Also, the article says only in recent years has the man found out the identity of the son given up for adoption, without lack of trying. You can't blame the man for wanting to meet the son he never had a chance to be a father to.
      VERY WELL SAID! I can't agree more!

      Steve looks like his father.

      It is sad that all of these years are gone for the both of them.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by edoutmax View Post
      What's so sad, that he's half Muslim?
      You cannot be half muslim ita a religion. Not a race
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      You cannot be half muslim ita a religion. Not a race
      You mean you cannot have a Jewish mother, a Muslim father and practice aspects of both religions yourself? I don't see why not.
    1. littlelisa63's Avatar
      littlelisa63 -
      I think they should both go for it...you only live once...and everybody makes good and bad choices in there lifes...so go for it as you may regret it if you don't
      And with steves knowledge and his fathers knowledge they can put there minds together and make an new phone and compete against apple...lol
    1. smokingkiils's Avatar
      smokingkiils -
      I really don't understand why people are complaining that this is a tech site and this shouldn't be on here. The website is called ModMyi. 'i' for iDevice's. Steve and his fellow workers made Apple. If this man above wasn't born, Steve wasn't born. This website wasn't born, it's a very related piece of information, and I think this was one of the best posts on here in a while. And yeah the man left his son, but, he had reason, unless you were in his situation, you can't really judge him, it's easy enough to say he could of came in to his life years ago, but imagine that, 50+ years later, hello, son?
      I think this father wants to say a goodbye to his son, and deep inside he is obviously very proud of his son. Who wouldn't be?
      I hope everything goes well between Steve and his father, and I want to wish Steve luck, and his wife and kids.
      Steve is inspirational.