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Who is Steve Jobs’ Syrian immigrant father, Abdul Fattah Jandali?

Simon Jary | Dec. 14, 2015
Syrian migrant crisis puts spotlight on Steve Jobs’ roots

Jandali worked as an assistant professor at Michigan University and later Nevada University. Later he bought a restaurant and then worked in Las Vegas. At age 84 he remains the Vice Chairman of the Boomtown Casino and Hotel in Reno, Nevada.

Did Steve Jobs ever meet his biological father?

Steve Jobs believed that he unknowingly met his biological father when Jandali was manager of a restaurant in Sacramento.

"I was in the restaurant once or twice, and I remember meeting the owner who was from Syria. And it was most certainly [my father]. I shook his hand and he shook my hand. And that's all," Jobs told his official biographer Walter Isaacson.

Later his sister Mona revealed that Jandali was the owner of that restaurant.

Jobs also told Isaacson that he decided not to pursue a relationship with Jandali: "I learned a little bit about him and I didn't like what I learned".

Before Steve's death Jandali explained that he had no contact with his son, but believed him to be a genius.

"I don't have a close relationship with him. I send him a message on his birthday, but neither of us has made overtures to come closer to the other. I tend to think that if he wants to spend time with me he knows where I am and how to get hold of me."

Jandali rejects the term "Father of Invention," which some have tried to foster on him.

"My daughter Mona is a famous writer, and my biological son is Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple. The reason he was put up for adoption was because my girlfriend's father was extremely conservative and wouldn't let her marry me, and she decided to give him up for adoption.

"Steve is my biological son, but I didn't bring him up, and he has a family that adopted him. So if it's said that I'm the 'father of invention', then that's because my biological son is a genius and my daughter a brilliant writer. I thank God for my success in life, but I'm no inventor.

"I think that if my son Steve had been brought up with a Syrian name he would have achieved the same success. He has a brilliant mind. And he didn't finish his university studies. That's why I think he would have succeeded whatever his background."

Banksy artwork in Calais depicts Steve Jobs as a migrant

Well known Grafitti artist Banksy has created his latest artwork in the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais, and he depicts the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, as a migrant. Jobs, the son of a Syrian migrant, can be seen carrying an old Apple Mac computer, along with a black bag of possessions thrown over his shoulder, much like the occupants of the camp would have.


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