Mr. Jobs sought out his biological mother and sister in the mid 1980s. He became close with his biological sister, the novelist Mona Simpson, but he decided he didn’t want to meet his father, Abdulfattah Jandali, who had left his mother when Mona was still young. (The couple gave Mr. Jobs up for adoption when they were both in graduate school.)
“I learned a little bit about him, and I didn’t like what I learned,” Mr. Jobs said. “I asked her to not tell him that we’d ever met and not tell him anything about me.”
It turns out they had already met. When Mona Simpson tracked down Mr. Jandali, he told her about a restaurant he used to manage in Silicon Valley that was very popular. “Everybody used to come there, even Steve Jobs used to come there,” he told her. ”He was a great tipper.” Ms. Simpson was shocked but didn’t reveal that Mr. Jobs was Mr. Jandali’s son.
“I remember meeting the owner who was from Syria, and it was most certainly him, and I shook his hand and he shook my hand and that’s all,” Mr. Jobs said.
Mr. Jandali, 80, said he sent Jobs birthday emails after he found out he was his father, and claims that one time he received a response that just said “Thank you.”
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