Steve Jobs Was an Arab American

Steve Jobs Was an Arab American

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Abdul Fattah Jandali, a young Syrian Muslim immigrant in Wisconsin, never met his son Steve Jobs. When a baby was born to the 23-year-old Jandali -- now known as John -- and his 23-year-old German-American girlfriend, Joanne Schieble, in 1955, there was no chance he'd be able to grow up with his biological parents.

Joanne, who belonged to a white, conservative Christian family could not convince her parents to allow her to marry an Arab, a Muslim, according to Jandali, who called her father "a tyrant" in a New York Post interview in August 2011. In fact, according to Jandali, she secreted off from Wisconsin to liberal San Francisco to sort out the birth and adoption without letting either him or her parents know.

And so it was that a nameless Arab American baby was adopted by an Armenian American family. Clara Hagopian and her husband Paul Jobs had been married around seven years and had not been able to conceive. The little bundle that would be Steve, was very much wanted in the Jobs household.

Steve Paul Jobs, as they named him, grew up without ever knowing his biological father. It seems he had no interest in knowing him later in life, either. When, in August 2011, the London tabloid The Sun, contacted Jandali, he publicly reached out to Steve saying, "“I live in hope that before it is too late he will reach out to me. Even to have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man.”

But Steve never replied. Less than two months later, he has passed away.

Jandali says it was his "Syrian pride" that kept him from reaching out to his famous son. In a September 2011 interview with the Reno Gazette -- Reno, Nevada being the city the 80-year-old Jandali lives and where, having never retired, he is the Vice President of a casino. "The Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune. I am not. I have my own money. What I don’t have is my son...and that saddens me."

One wonders what Jobs knew of his background.

His biological father was no ordinary Syrian. According to an interview he gave to the Al Hayat newspaper in February 2011, he was born in French-mandated Syria in 1931 in the town of Homs to a "self-made millionaire" father with no university education who owned "several entire villages" and a homemaker, traditional mother. He was one of five children – the only son of a family with 4 daughters.

He left Syria at 18 to study at the American University in Beirut, where he was "a pan-Arab activist", a "supporter of Arab unity and Arab independence" who organized with some of the most famous activists of his time. After university, he moved to the United States, and the rest is history, though he regrets leaving his homeland.

"If I had the chance to go back in time, I wouldn’t leave Syria or Lebanon at all. I would stay in my home country my whole life. I don’t say that out of emotion but out of common sense,” he told Al Hayat. “Of course I miss the social life and wonderful food [in Syria], but the most important thing is the outstanding cultural attributes which in general you don’t find in the West,” says the non-practicing Muslim, who nonetheless “believe[s] in Islam in doctrine and culture.”

His nostalgia aside, millions worldwide would no doubt disagree with Jandali. Surely a Steve Jobs of Apple Computers could only have been possible in America.

The estrangement of a father and son is made even more tragic by the fact that not only did each know of the other, but they shared more than a father-son biological connection. Jandali and Schieble eventually did marry -- just ten months after she gave their baby boy away to adoption, and just a few months after Joanne's father died. And they had another child -- a daughter with whom Steve eventually had a relationship. Mona Jandali -- now Simpson -- is a world reknowned author who was, in her own words, "very close" to her brother Steve once they established a relationship as adults.

According to Jandali, he had no idea until just a few years ago that the baby his then-girlfriend secretly gave birth to in San Francisco was the man the world knew as Steve Jobs. But Steve must have known for decades, through his relationship with Mona.

In the August New York Post interview, Jandali tried to let his son know that he didn’t know of Joanne’s San Francisco plans. That he was saddened when he learned of it. "I honestly do not know to this day if Steve is aware of the fact that had it been my choice, I would have loved to have kept him," he said.

And unless Jobs’s upcoming November authorized biography addresses the issue, Jandali may never know. Instead, with news of Jobs's death, Jandali has refused any further interviews about his long lost son and will always wonder what could have been. In that, he will not be alone.


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Anonymous

Posted Oct 5 2011

fulfilling wishes of millions and not fulfillning fathers little wish......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 5 2011

Thank you for this enligtening and touching story.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 5 2011

May he rest in Peace.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

his father was the man who raised him and kept him clothed, fed, and gave him a home to live in.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

His Father was Paul Jobs simple as that the man who raised him.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

It would have been better for the father to have take the first step to meet his son. Had he met Steve and if as a result Steve had given his dad something in the Will the Father could have donated it all to a charitable cause. As the saying goes, blood is thicker then water and you should have swallowed your arab pride Mr Jandali.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

How sad it is that a father and son never experienced the loving relationship that could have been. My Beloved Father is my mentor and best friend. We have a richness words cannot describe. I am a Muslim convert and seeing the positive changes this made in my life, my Beloved Father stood behind my decision wholeheartedly stating "This was good for my son, and therefore good for me". May Allah (swt) have mercy on Mr. Jobs soul for all his good works and welcome him into paradise forever, Amen. Larry - Walid Tahir Islam - Hampton.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

How sad it is that a father and son never experienced the loving relationship that could have been. My Beloved Father is my mentor and best friend. We have a richness words cannot describe. I am a Muslim convert and seeing the positive changes this made in my life, my Beloved Father stood behind my decision wholeheartedly stating "This was good for my son, and therefore good for me". May Allah (swt) have mercy on Mr. Jobs soul for all his good works and welcome him into paradise forever, Amen. Larry - Walid Tahir Islam - Hampton.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

As a biologist, it's clear that diversity is the source of enormous creativity, biologically and socially. I hadn't realized that Jobs had such a diverse genetic background! Immigration has always been a major source of our country's strength and creativity, and here is another example. The family drama and tragedy are another matter.

javs

Posted Oct 6 2011

As a biologists, I have always believed that diversity was the source of most creativity, both biologically and socially. I had no idea that Steve Jobs had such a diverse background! Another example of how valuable immigration and diversity have been to our national strength. His tragic family story is another matter.

javs

Posted Oct 6 2011

As a biologists, I have always believed that diversity was the source of most creativity, both biologically and socially. I had no idea that Steve Jobs had such a diverse background! Another example of how valuable immigration and diversity have been to our national strength. His tragic family story is another matter.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

Amazing, sad to know that his father now is forever deprived from ever getting to have a personal relationship with this son...

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

i thought arab americans were people who are purely arab who lives in america not someone whos half american/half syrian?

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

Either way, in this timeline things were meant to be otherwise Steve Jobs may not be who he is now. Things happen for a reason.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

Either way, in this timeline things were meant to be otherwise Steve Jobs may not be who he is now. Things happen for a reason.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

the girl friend had no right to give up her son without telling the father
they could have searched for him after they got married

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011


Shirin,

a well written tribute with a twist here.

Its really a dual tragedy here. One for his millions of followers/admirers and another

one for his immediate family. One wonders what would have become of Steve Jobs

if he was named "Steve Jandali" ? He would probably never have lived in

the Bay area and changed the world like he did!

The failing was of his biological parents and the success due to the parents that

raised him.

In any event, it would have been great if the biological father and son had somehow met.

Unfortunately it is too late now....

Ras H. Siddiqui

Posted Oct 6 2011

Shirin,

a well written tribute with a twist here.

Its really a dual tragedy here. One for his millions of followers/admirers and another

one for his immediate family. One wonders what would have become of Steve Jobs

if he was named "Steve Jandali" ? He would probably never have lived in

the Bay area and changed the world like he did!

The failing was of his biological parents and the success due to the parents that

raised him.

In any event, it would have been great if the biological father and son had somehow met.

Unfortunately it is too late now....

Ras

Ras H. Siddiqui

Posted Oct 6 2011

Shirin,

a well written tribute with a twist here.

Its really a dual tragedy. One for his millions of followers/admirers and another

one for his immediate family. One wonders what would have become of Steve Jobs

if he was named "Steve Jandali" ? He would probably never have lived in

the Bay area and changed the world like he did!

The failing was of his biological parents and the success due to the parents that

raised him.

In any event, it would have been great if the biological father and son had somehow met.

Unfortunately it is too late now....

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

May his soul rest in peace, had he been raised by his biological father, I don't think Steve would have been the ICON that we knew today.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2011

I completely reject the idea that you are trying to make here. He may be fathered by a Syrian, but he is 100% american. He was raised American. Stop trying to hyphenate everything to make a victim status of out nothing.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Our principles should be....
Based only on Humanity
But who can apply
It is none of their mistake...
It is the religion and culture
Tears people into pieces
How we can avoid all...
Something impossible

Sylva
-------------------------------------
Forget Your Nationality Say,
“I am Human”

Forget your nationality
And define your self
Say, “I am human”
I respect every religion,
Ethnicity and race”

Don’t define your self
By were you come from.
Say, “I Am a Human”
I’m a supporter of human rights
Wherever I reside.”

I am nor a killer neither a rapist
I am born from the human’s spirit
I can work on any ground
Turning sand to a green lands—
A happy merciful heaven.

I will stay human
Till I can’t see my way.
Not needing to eat bread
Sucking innocent sweets
Instead teaching them how to dig

Planting with them my bread’s seeds
And observe how they grow
Every second, for days,
Sharing with others their
Creed what ever that says.

Sylva Portoian, MD
From Poetry collection
Songs of Searing Desert Storms
ISBN: 9781441594716

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Our principles should be....
Based only on Humanity
But who can apply
It is none of their mistake...
It is the religion and culture
Tears people into pieces
How we can avoid all...
Something impossible

Sylva
-------------------------------------
Forget Your Nationality Say,
“I am Human”

Forget your nationality
And define your self
Say, “I am human”
I respect every religion,
Ethnicity and race”

Don’t define your self
By were you come from.
Say, “I Am a Human”
I’m a supporter of human rights
Wherever I reside.”

I am nor a killer neither a rapist
I am born from the human’s spirit
I can work on any ground
Turning sand to a green lands—
A happy merciful heaven.

I will stay human
Till I can’t see my way.
Not needing to eat bread
Sucking innocent sweets
Instead teaching them how to dig

Planting with them my bread’s seeds
And observe how they grow
Every second, for days,
Sharing with others their
Creed what ever that says.

Sylva Portoian, MD
From Poetry collection
Songs of Searing Desert Storms
ISBN: 9781441594716

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Our principles should be....
Based only on Humanity
But who can apply
It is none of their mistake...
It is the religion and culture
Tears people into pieces
How we can avoid all...
Something impossible

Sylva
-------------------------------------
Forget Your Nationality Say,
“I am Human”

Forget your nationality
And define your self
Say, “I am human”
I respect every religion,
Ethnicity and race”

Don’t define your self
By were you come from.
Say, “I Am a Human”
I’m a supporter of human rights
Wherever I reside.”

I am nor a killer neither a rapist
I am born from the human’s spirit
I can work on any ground
Turning sand to a green lands—
A happy merciful heaven.

I will stay human
Till I can’t see my way.
Not needing to eat bread
Sucking innocent sweets
Instead teaching them how to dig

Planting with them my bread’s seeds
And observe how they grow
Every second, for days,
Sharing with others their
Creed what ever that says.

Sylva Portoian, MD
From Poetry collection
Songs of Searing Desert Storms
ISBN: 9781441594716

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

I wonder what side of Steve Jobs heritage is tied to the Ashkenazi Jews. They have a history of pancreatic cancer.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011


This arrogant perfidious swine was nothing more than a sperm donor. It has nothing to do with “Syrian pride” but rather with the sins of a fallen muslim trying to protect his islamic honor after impregnating an infidel woman before he owned and converted her. It’s not Syrian pride, it’s Islamic contempt.

Paul and Clara Jobs are Steve Jobs real parents. Thank God, Buddha & Krishna for Steve Jobs….these were the civilizations that influenced and formed his consciousness….Allah certainly had nothing to do with it.

~ The Infidel Alliance

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

The article is illuminating and quite well-researched. But the headline is way off-point. The fact that his biological father -- who in effect, abandoned him -- was Syrian, hardly makes Jobs an Arab-American. Blood in such instances is all but irrelevant. It was Clara and Paul Jobs who raised him, in the technological hub that was San Francisco by the 1970s, and that was clearly the source of Steve Jobs' active cultural identity. Indeed, he took umbrage at anyone who referred to Paul as his "adoptive" father. There are plenty of extraordinary people in the United States who call themselves "Arab-American" with justifiable pride. Steve Jobs, by his own choice, was not one of them. To the very end, he refused outright to meet the former Syrian grad student and present-day Nevada casino executive who shared his DNA.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

To The Infidel Alliance:
I guess you belong to the Stupidity Alliance instead because of two points:
- How his biological father has anything to do with "Muslim pride"???
His biological father had sex outside marriage, left his child (Steve) to be adopted, Steve's sister is not a Muslim, and this guy (the biological father) is currently working in a casino!!! What kind of Muslim is that??
- The second point is what the word "Allah" means? Can you go back to the original Old and the New Testament and find how the word "God" was written in the original languages??

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Dear american friend Nationality doesn't mean Ethnicity
Nationality is not a gene
I can change my Nationality but not by Gene
Neither religion is
If you want to know who is Steve Jobs ask his DNA...I am sure he did it ...
The boy inherits his genes from his mother because of X chromosome
We Should Search Humanity
Not Nationality
Not Religion
Not Race

I say, if Joanne Schieble-Simpson aborted Steve and did not adopt him ...were we able to get all these invention and enormous easy education and luxturey ...His mother was a brave woman to keep his baby...and let an ARMENIAN trustful simple family- not wealthy-to take care of him...her basic request was to educate his child...Not asking wealth and his adopted parents kept their promise...changing their location for steve's sake...Typical Honest Armenians...

I say, Mothers are Mothers
Wherever they are
Tears will not dry until they die..."

So was Joanne Schieble, Steve's genetical mother clear and honest...selfless refused to abort...
from book\" Sons: Take My Heart and Transplant"
Sylva Portoian, MD

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

To The Infidel Alliance:
I guess you belong to the Stupidity Alliance instead because of two points:
- How his biological father has anything to do with "Muslim pride"???
His biological father had sex outside marriage, left his child (Steve) to be adopted, Steve's sister is not a Muslim, and this guy (the biological father) is currently working in a casino!!! What kind of Muslim is that??
- The second point is what the word "Allah" means? Can you go back to the original Old and the New Testament and find how the word "God" was written in the original languages??

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Dear american friend Nationality doesn't mean Ethnicity
Nationality is not a gene
I can change my Nationality but not by Gene
Neither religion is
If you want to know who is Steve Jobs ask his DNA...I am sure he did it ...
The boy inherits his genes from his mother because of X chromosome
We Should Search Humanity
Not Nationality
Not Religion
Not Race

I say, if Joanne Schieble-Simpson aborted Steve and did not adopt him ...were we able to get all these invention and enormous easy education and luxturey ...His mother was a brave woman to keep his baby...and let an ARMENIAN trustful simple family- not wealthy-to take care of him...her basic request was to educate his child...Not asking wealth and his adopted parents kept their promise...changing their location for steve's sake...Typical Honest Armenians...

I say, Mothers are Mothers
Wherever they are
Tears will not dry until they die..."

So was Joanne Schieble, Steve's genetical mother clear and honest...selfless refused to abort...
from book\" Sons: Take My Heart and Transplant"
Sylva Portoian, MD

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

To The Infidel Alliance:
I guess you belong to the Stupidity Alliance instead because of two points:
- How his biological father has anything to do with "Muslim pride"???
His biological father had sex outside marriage, left his child (Steve) to be adopted, Steve's sister is not a Muslim, and this guy (the biological father) is currently working in a casino!!! What kind of Muslim is that??
- The second point is what the word "Allah" means? Can you go back to the original Old and the New Testament and find how the word "God" was written in the original languages??

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

In other words, he's still white.. even Arabs are considered white, so what's the deal>

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Paul Jobs was German and the name was actually Jobst and eventually shortened to Jobs. The name has been pronounced wrong ever since Steve became the ICON he was. The name is pronounced the same as the biblical book in the bible. Dolores Jobs, Paul Jobs sister watched Steve from afar and admired him tremendously but never understood why he didn't pronounce the last name correctly. Clara was indeed Armenian.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Paul Jobs was German and the name was actually Jobst and eventually shortened to Jobs. The name has been pronounced wrong ever since Steve became the ICON he was. The name is pronounced the same as the biblical book in the bible. Dolores Jobs, Paul Jobs sister watched Steve from afar and admired him tremendously but never understood why he didn't pronounce the last name correctly. Clara was indeed Armenian.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2011

Mr. Jobs was a very intelligent and gifted man, yet it saddens me that he was a Buddhist, for in his death, I wonder where his soul is now. I am a born again Christian, and how I wish Mr. Jobs had cleaved unto Him, for it was only Jesus who said: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through me." Unfortunately, at times lots of money and fame, especially in Godless Silicon Valley, makes many a person completely forget the existence of an Almighty God, which is tragic, for was Mr. Jobs able to take his fortune with him to the grave, of course not. Is he in a better place now? If he died without Jesus in his heart, I am sorry to say I do not believe he is. Technological inventions and business success is fabulous, however it's all temporal, "...what legacy can we leave that is of eternal value?" should be every human being's contemplation whilst they are still alive.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 8 2011

Steve Jobs looks perfect with his mother

Anonymous

Posted Oct 9 2011

Sylva Portoian - Thanks for clarifying to everybody that genes (DNA) and chromosome X are the major decisive facter who Steve is. His adoptive parents gave Steve the opportunity and the upbringing to make him become who he is. His accomplishments should make every human beeing, especially, Americans proud. Especially his ARMENIAN

Anonymous

Posted Oct 10 2011

Let's not make Jobs' story a nationality contest and have piece of glorified pie.... hold your horses....shame. Jobs' ARMENIAN MOTHER is the HERO in this play, accept it. As to the biological mother for being selfless and brave to decide not to abort. Hats up for her too. heidi kohler

Anonymous

Posted Oct 11 2011

With sorrow for this loss, but he enlighted the world.God send him only for this perpose.He was
alone but lucky also. God gave him 2nd life .(people will always remember him) Mankind can never forget his services.God gave him forever life.I pray for his soul.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 11 2011

i can assure you that such an intelligent guy had little or no belief in the god youre talking about...

Anonymous

Posted Oct 16 2011

I am from Steve's Syrian family, he is the son of my father's cousin.
I respect Steve but not his father.
Giving away a part of you and not tryinga to allocate him or checking on him, on the contraty, doing t again with Mona is a duscusting action that even dogs do not do.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 16 2011

I am from Steve's Syrian family, he is the son of my father's cousin.
I respect Steve but not his father.
Giving away a part of you and not tryinga to allocate him or checking on him, on the contraty, doing t again with Mona is a duscusting action that even dogs do not do.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 16 2011

I am from Steve's Syrian family, he is the son of my father's cousin.
I respect Steve but not his father.
Giving away a part of you and not tryinga to allocate him or checking on him, on the contraty, doing t again with Mona is a duscusting action that even dogs do not do.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 17 2011

Identity is a largely socially constructed ideology. Thus, it is what we make of it - whatever it is!

That being said, with the knowledge we have in modern times it is clear that we are all ultimately the product of one gene pool originating from populations which are mostly found in what today is called 'Africa'.

Bottom line, first we are all 'African' under the skin, and on top of that, very complex social beings, which results in all kinds of identity constructs which are purely the product of man made sociopolitical machinations...

Anonymous

Posted Oct 20 2011

I Stay Religionless

I stay religionless
I want to know what
We benifited for being Christian
Dedicating for christian faith
Building Churches
Without having bread to give our kin---
As Armenian singer Ashoogh Jevani lyriced...many centuries before

Building thousand and thousand Churches
To be desroyed by scavengers
Where is God to see what slayers have done
Destroyed our civilization...
Old Ancient...at a time when the Europe
Where living in dark age
Were faithless could not build churches
From carving stone by hands
We build Domes after Domes.

Where is their God...If they have one
To see what his scavengers have done...
Scavengers’ god is a scavenger like them
Our god is old and blind...
What I’m shouting fore ...
Isn’t all true...sane and right...

Sylva-MD-Poetry
October 20, 2011

Anonymous

Posted Oct 21 2011

Not my opinion...It is on this site from Anonymous...2 days ago
I soulfully respect his words...And Steve Jobs is an example...
Anonymous' should be numbered...
I wish he can reveal his identity to contact Thee or Thy
______________________________________________

Identity is a largely socially constructed ideology. Thus, it is what we make of it - whatever it is!
That being said, with the knowledge we have in modern times it is clear that we are all ultimately the product of one gene pool originating from populations which are mostly found in what today is called 'Africa'.
Bottom line, first we are all 'African' under the skin, and on top of that, very complex social beings, which results in all kinds of identity constructs which are purely the product of man made sociopolitical machinations.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 21 2011

Not my opinion...It is on this site from Anonymous...2 days ago
I soulfully respect his words...And Steve Jobs is an example...
Anonymous' should be numbered...
I wish he can reveal his identity to contact Thee or Thy
______________________________________________

Identity is a largely socially constructed ideology. Thus, it is what we make of it - whatever it is!
That being said, with the knowledge we have in modern times it is clear that we are all ultimately the product of one gene pool originating from populations which are mostly found in what today is called 'Africa'.
Bottom line, first we are all 'African' under the skin, and on top of that, very complex social beings, which results in all kinds of identity constructs which are purely the product of man made sociopolitical machinations.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 21 2011

its a story to attract some thing, and say some thing,
the man paul is the father and steve is American now and ever,,,

Anonymous

Posted Oct 24 2011

he was also christian, not all arab, and this arab put him up for adoption and then leftfor a time. his mother and little girl. I wonder if he ever gave them child support? He was also loved by his adopted
parents even though he treated them pretty badly at times. Andl father for a time.
Again he was raised an American Christian. In the end he stopped going to church but what he believed was a private matter. Please I don't want to hear hear how he was an"Arab American".
He didn't acknowledge his biological Arab father while he was living and I don't see why anyone would label him now that he is dead. He had every right to ignore his father. Reminds me of all of the stories where children who are beaten, ignored by their biological parents because of drugs, alcohol, abuse or whatever, finally find a haven with people who love them. Then all of sudden, they make it "BIG" in sports, entertainment, etc, and all of sudden those biological parents are showing up (for the money no doubt). I f it was me, I would try to forgive, but I would do nothing for them and tell them to stay out of my life. I would owe them nothing,

Anonymous

Posted Oct 24 2011

Only in America?
Carlos Slim, the world's wealthiest industrialist, immigrated to MEXICO from Lebanon.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 30 2011

Hello everybody,

I think God wanted that the man which he had invented the computer was internationally origin, and actually he was very intelligent to avoid to let us know of his funeral.
I think the better thing to do is that we thank Steve Jobs for his wonderful invention and help him to be forgiven from God, for that reason we must to use the computer and all his inventions in the good and positive way and not in the bad mode, in all senses.

Mona from London

Anonymous

Posted Dec 1 2011

hi

Anonymous

Posted Dec 8 2011

Both father and son just unfortunate.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 27 2011

Its sad to see so many people denying or putting down his Arab heritage. There is nothing wrong with celebrating him being an Arab. If his biological parents had kept him, he would have excelled in some other way. Maybe we wouldn't have Apple, but we'd have something else instead. His biological sister is a successful author, so obviously there are some creative genes that he inherited. He created the personal computer because he was in Silicon Valley. If he had been brought up somewhere else, he would have created something else.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 22 2012

Steve Jobs had no interest in meeting his biological father as the latter abandoned his biological mother and was an absentee father to his daughter. Steve knew his biological father's location after sister Mona reestablished relations. He chose not to have contact. His adoptive parents were his parents. Jandali could have asserted his parental rights had he wanted to at the time of the adoption. You didn't ask the hard questions in this story. The Syrian connection is interesting, as is the discussionof biological diversity. Yes, may they all find peace of mind. Steve, rest in peace.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 22 2012

Steve Jobs had no interest in meeting his biological father as the latter abandoned his biological mother and was an absentee father to his daughter. Steve knew his biological father's location after sister Mona reestablished relations. He chose not to have contact. His adoptive parents were his parents. Jandali could have asserted his parental rights had he wanted to at the time of the adoption. You didn't ask the hard questions in this story. The Syrian connection is interesting, as is the discussionof biological diversity. Yes, may they all find peace of mind. Steve, rest in peace.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 22 2012

Steve Jobs had no interest in meeting his biological father as the latter abandoned his biological mother and was an absentee father to his daughter. Steve knew his biological father's location after sister Mona reestablished relations. He chose not to have contact. His adoptive parents were his parents. Jandali could have asserted his parental rights had he wanted to at the time of the adoption. You didn't ask the hard questions in this story. The Syrian connection is interesting, as is the discussionof biological diversity. Yes, may they all find peace of mind. Steve, rest in peace.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 22 2012

I think this is a sad story, it just confirms if you fall in love with someone that go's against your culture,race,or religious believes you have to go all in.. you and that person against the world. You have to make decisions for you not anyone else.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 22 2012

I think this is a sad story, it just confirms if you fall in love with someone that go's against your culture,race,or religious believes you have to go all in.. you and that person against the world. You have to make decisions for you not anyone else.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 22 2012

I think this is a sad story, it just confirms if you fall in love with someone that go's against your culture,race,or religious believes you have to go all in.. you and that person against the world. You have to make decisions for you not anyone else.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 22 2012

I think this is a sad story, it just confirms if you fall in love with someone that go's against your culture,race,or religious believes you have to go all in.. you and that person against the world. You have to make decisions for you not anyone else.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 4 2012

Besides diversed biological combination of genes producing extraordinary off springs what I found interesting is that Steve getting interested in Caligraphy at Reed college as part of his Y chromosome property. His biological grandfather was self made millionare, so his biological father and so him. It runs in their genes.
Secondly, for some reason I find Steve being aloof about his biological father is that he feels tremendous love and closeness for him in spite of what he ddin't do, but wants to keep him away for sake of his company. Remember relations between middle east and USA are never roses and peaches.
Thirdly, him adopting Buddhism, his bilogical father being muslim and adopted father Lutheren gives whole world a message about intergrating all religions.
Him being vegetarian, never drank or smoked cigarretts, living simple life style ..
Admitting mistakes he made, not even wanting to read biography written about the truth..

Anonymous

Posted Feb 4 2012

I think Steve wants his son Reed to get to know his biological grand father.
As in his biography Walter Isaacson says, when Steve saw Reed looking at his biological grandfather's picture he ignored it but didn't forbid him.
Steve is all about love and beauty. Reed knows his father very well. I'll feel relieved if and when Reed meets his grandpa and makes peace with him. Not just that but I hope and wish he plays important and significant role in bringing peace in middle east.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 4 2012

In a way Steve helped those recent revolutions in middle east by putting iPhones in the hands of youth.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 8 2012

im at school

Anonymous

Posted Feb 10 2012

he sucks

Anonymous

Posted Feb 17 2012

So Jandali forfeited his responsibility and with that his right to know his son because of some "pride"? Tell that to Allah. He didn't deserve to know Jobs. Sure, as an Arab American I'd have loved for Jobs to have carried some Arab influence, but let's be real..his true father was Paul Jobs, who had just enough pride to know the value of his son and raised him to be the man he was--Allah yer7amo.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 17 2012

So Jandali forfeited his responsibility and with that his right to know his son because of some "pride"? Tell that to Allah. He didn't deserve to know Jobs. Sure, as an Arab American I'd have loved for Jobs to have carried some Arab influence, but let's be real..his true father was Paul Jobs, who had just enough pride to know the value of his son and raised him to be the man he was--Allah yer7amo. ~Islam

Anonymous

Posted Feb 20 2012

Real proud to knew Late steve jobs was muslim from background wht a small world. well steve job a great man wid lots of knowlege. may ALLAH peace him rest in peace ameen...

Anonymous

Posted Feb 20 2012

Real proud to knew Late steve jobs was muslim from background wht a small world. well steve job a great man wid lots of knowlege. may ALLAH peace him rest in peace ameen...

Anonymous

Posted Feb 22 2012

great fucking shitt....it shows no importance for steve jobs parents who actaully raised him as computer genius and providing love. You are an agent of satan ...fuck you

Anonymous

Posted Mar 8 2012

As sad as it is that Mr. Jandali never met his son, Steven Paul Jobs, I think the world would be a different place had he and his girlfriend kept their biological child. I wonder if Mr. Jobs would have had as much access to critical people and companies back then, with a muslim name. He was also raised in the best place for creative and genius minds to thrive. Even tho the Jobs were not as intellectually gifted as his biological parents, they were able to give Steve a loving, stable and very supportive family life; Mr. Jobs never abandoned his family - Mr. Jandali ended up leaving his wife and daughter when she was 5, and Joanne took her daughter and wandered around the US. How different things might have been had Steve been raised with the Jandalis - his adoption was meant to be!

Anonymous

Posted May 16 2012

Everyones saying how sad it is and everything, but if things had been different none of you would be on your iphone or macbooks right now.

Anonymous

Posted Jul 23 2012

He says he's a none practicing Muslim. But yet he still pulled out his Muslim card when needed. Like when he needed an excuse as to why he never contacted his "famous" son,

RR

Anonymous

Posted Jul 23 2012

He says he's a none practicing Muslim. But yet he still pulled out his Muslim card when needed. Like when he needed an excuse as to why he never contacted his "famous" son,

RR

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