Those familiar with Steve Jobs’ life story know that Jobs was adopted as a child and has never met his birth parents. It’s also well known that Jobs’ biological father is of Syrian descent.
This is an interview with Steve Jobs biological father posted Oct. 7, 2011. In a recent string of interviews, Jandali explains the circumstances surrounding his decision to give up a young Steve Jobs for adoption.
According to the Christian Post, NY Post and Edible Apple, Steve Job's biological father likes to think that the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
Abdulfattah John Jandali, 80, is a vice president of a Reno casino and a workaholic. Much to his regret, he realize he and his now deceased son may have one additional thing in common. Each was unwilling to speak with one another. Although he had tried to contact Jobs by email, he was always too afraid to call.
"This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our death beds, to pick up the phone to call him," Jandali said. "Steve will have to do that , as the Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune," he said.
Jandali says he is overcome with guilt having never to have met his first born. "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," he said.
Jandali learned just a few short years ago that the child his ex-wife had given up for adoption turned out to be that he'd fathered the "Thomas Edison" of this age. "I'd be lying if I said it doesn't sadden me to have not been a part of my son's incredible journey," he said." "What father wouldn't think that? And I would think that even if he wasn't the head of a hugely successful company."
In 1955, Jandali's girlfriend Joanne Simpson became pregnant although he wanted them to get married, Joanne's father forbade them to marry because Jandali was Syrian. Joanne decided to put the child up for adoption and left Jandali behind and decided to have the child alone without anyone knowing.
"Without telling me, Joanne upped and left to move to San Francisco to have the baby without anyone knowing, including me," he said. Jandali would have wanted to keep the child but he respected Joanna's wishes.
Joanna's father passed a few months after Steve Jobs was given up for adoption. "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. "I think after we got back together, Joanne had second thoughts about adoption, but by then, there was nothing we could do about it."