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Steve Jobs: Estranged with Biological Father

Steve Jobs (r) and his biological father Abdulfattah "John" Jandali (l) never met after Jobs was adopted.

While Steve Jobs is adopted, he has talked about his biological mother and sister publicly before. (See the beginnings of this commencement address, it is very moving.) Here is a little taste of the piece of the article about their relationship from Alexandra Berzon:

Mr. Jandali only learned around 2005 that Mr. Jobs was his biological son. He doesn’t remember how he heard, but he said the news was “a major shock.”

After that, Mr. Jandali began watching online videos of Mr. Jobs’s famous keynote speeches launching Apple products. He emailed a few times in the past year after becoming aware of Mr. Jobs’s failing health.

“I don’t know why I emailed,” Mr. Jandali said. “I guess because I felt bad when I heard about the health situation. He had his life and I had my life, and we were not in contact. If I talked to him, I don’t know what I would have said to him.”

The article is an interesting, and sad, look at the relationship that never was. There is also information about Jobs’ relationship with his biological mother and sister. Check out the rest here.


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