Steve Jobs’ biological father speaks of yearning to meet his son

Biological father: Abdulfattah John Jandali has expressed regret over giving up his son Steve Jobs for adoption and wants to meet him Source: ‘I live in hope he will reach out to me before it’s too late’: Steve Jobs’ biological father speaks of yearning to meet his son By Daniel Bates
The biological father of Steve Jobs has begged him to get in touch ‘before it is too late’ – 56 years after he gave him up for adoption. Abdulfattah John Jandali said that he was desperate to speak to his son for the first time before cancer claimed his life, but insists he is not after his son’s money.

The 80-year-old said he was overcome with guilt for abandoning the boy but admitted that after all this time he was too proud to make the first move. Biological father: Abdulfattah John Jandali has expressed regret over giving up his son Steve Jobs for adoption and wants to meet him Instead he implored the Apple founder to call and arrange a reconciliation.Frail: Steve Jobs was seen on Friday being helped by a friend in Palo Alto

Frail: Steve Jobs was seen on Friday being helped by a
friend in Palo Alto

Mr Jandali’s intervention came just days after Mr Jobs stepped down as chief executive of the computing and electronics giant.

Photographs taken since then show him looking more gaunt than ever and have raised renewed fears his long lasting battle with cancer may finally be coming to an end.

Mr Jandali, a Syrian immigrant to the U.S. who now works as vice president of a casino in Reno, Nevada, said he only recently learned that his son went on to found Apple, the second largest company in the
world behind Exxon with a net worth £221billion.

He said he has emailed Mr Jobs a few times but has not called for fear he would wrongly think he was after his money.

‘This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbeds, to pick up the phone to call him,’ Mr 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.

‘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’.

Mr Jandali said that it was 56 years ago that his girlfriend Joanne Simpson fell pregnant and he was forbidden from marrying her.

Without telling him she left their home in Wisconsin and went to San Francisco where she had the baby and gave it up for adoption, he told the New York Post.

‘Now I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me’

Like Mr Jobs his father is a workaholic who has no plans to retire, even though he is 80 years of age.

The only contact over the years has been the occasional email he has sent marking his son’s birthday, but that has been all out of respect for his adopted parents.

‘Because I really am not his dad,’ he said.

‘Mr and Mrs Jobs are, as they raised him. And I don’t want to take their place. I just would like to get to know this amazing man I helped in a very small way to produce.’

He added that even though he thought of himself as a ‘computer dunce’ he owns a Mac computer, iPhone and and iPad.

He said: ‘I honestly look at these things and cannot believe Steve created them’.

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