A story has been making the rounds on the web lately about an unauthorized, still unpublished new biography of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs.
The story of Jobs as an adopted child is well published and known. It was also know that his bilogical father was Arab (who emigrated to the US in the 1950’s and worked as a political science professor). Now, the original nationality and name of Jobs’ bilogical father have also come out. See this excerpt on the AlwayOn Network.
The familyâ€™s saga is also a revealing case study in the classic debate of nature vs. nurture. Jobsâ€™ personalityâ€”his intelligence, creativity, ambitiousness, charm, egomania, iconoclasm, and risk-takingâ€”seems drawn almost entirely from those of his birth parents, whom he never knew growing up, rather than the adoptive parents who raised him. And it turns out that Jobs, arguably the most fascinating figure in both Silicon Valley and Hollywood, can make yet another claim to exceptionalism: he is the most prominent living Arab-American. His biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali, immigrated from his native Syria at the age of 21 in 1952.
Understandably, Jobs considers his adoptive father and mother as his ‘true’ parents. Yet, he managed to track down his biological mother and made peace with her. He also has a biological sister (the writer Mona Simpson) who he is on contact with.
The story of his biological father, although his name and nationality are now know, remain somewhat of a mystery.
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