Steve Jobs' unwitting father boasted about meeting the Apple boss
STEVE Jobs's father boasted that he met the Apple chief executive at his restaurant, describing him as a "great tipper" without realising he was talking about his son, Mr Jobs disclosed before his death.
Mr Jobs, who was adopted, was long thought to have never met his real father, Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, a Syrian restaurateur and casino owner who lived near Apple's headquarters in California.
Last week it emerged that in fact, after finding Joanne Schieble, his mother, and the novelist Mona Simpson, his sister, in the 1980s, Mr Jobs also discovered he had already met Mr Jandali at his restaurant.
Mr Jobs was heard discussing the subject for the first time in recordings of interviews he gave the author of his authorised biography, 'Steve Jobs', which were broadcast on CBS on Sunday evening.
"When I was looking for my biological mother, obviously I was looking for my biological father at the same time," he told Walter Isaacson. "I learned a little bit about him, and I didn't like what I learned.
"It turns out he managed or owned a restaurant, and I was in the restaurant once or twice, and I remember meeting the owner, who was from Syria. I shook his hand, and he shook mine."
Mr Jobs chose not to meet him again, instead sending Miss Simpson to a cafe where Mr Jandali had begun working after leaving the restaurant. "I asked her to not tell him that we'd ever met, and not tell him anything about me," Mr Jobs said.
In an interview for CBS's 60 Minutes, Mr Isaacson said: "Mona goes to the coffee shop, meets this guy Mr Jandali who's running it, who says among other things when she asks, how sorry he is.
"Then he said that he had had another child. Mona said: 'What happened to him?' and he said: 'Oh, I don't know, we'll never hear from him again'."
Mr Jandali then said that he wished Miss Simpson could have seen him running his old Mediterranean restaurant, which he said was "one of the best in Silicon Valley".
"Everyone used to eat there," he said. "Even Steve Jobs."
As Miss Simpson stayed silent but "looked shocked", Mr Jandali added: "Yeah, he was a great tipper!", according to Mr Isaacson.
Mr Jandali, now 80, runs a casino in Reno, Nevada. In a newspaper interview in August, he spoke of his regret at losing contact with his son, whose identity he eventually discovered in recent years.
He said that Mrs Schieble's father had not approved of her relationship with a Syrian man and forced her to move away. She chose to give up the children for adoption, he said.
The biographer said he believed the adoption was "key to understanding" the late Apple chief, who died earlier this month aged 56, after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.
Mr Jobs was heard recalling telling a childhood neighbour that he was adopted. "She said: 'So does that mean your real parents didn't want you?' Lightning bolts went off in my head," he said.
"I remember running into the house, I think I was like crying, asking my parents. And they sat me down and they said: 'No, you don't understand. We specifically picked you out.'"
Mr Isaacson, whose book is released on Monday, said that Mr Jobs had added: "From then on, I realised that I was not just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special."