Steve Jobs Recalls Accidental Meeting With Biological Father on '60 Minutes' (Video)
His dad ran a restaurant in Silicon Valley the Apple CEO used to frequent, and called his son a "great tipper."
Steve Jobs inadvertently met his biological father, his biographer, Walter Isaacson, revealed on 60 Minutes Sunday night. Isaacson released audio recordings of Jobs speaking about the encounter to the CBS newsmagazine. His biography of Jobs hits stores Monday.
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Jobs' father Abdulfattah Jandali used to manage a restaurant in Silicon Valley that the former Apple CEO frequented.
“I shook his hand and he shook my hand and that’s all,” Jobs told Isaacson, adding that Jandali said he was a "great tipper."
They never spoke again. Several years later, Jandali learned it was his son who was Apple's co-founder, Isaacson writes in the book.
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Jobs had no interest in getting to know his father. He had learned his biological mother, Joanne Simpson, had another daughter, the novelist Mona Simpson (who in 2010 wrote My Hollywood and teaches at UCLA), who she did not give up for adoption -- but Jandali abandoned the family. Jobs was reportedly bothered by his father not helping to raise his sister.
Jobs and his sister, Mona, became close. Mona tracked down their father later, when he was working at a restaurant in Sacramento. Jobs asked Mona not to reveal his identity to their estranged father.
“I learned little bit about him and I didn’t like what I learned,” Jobs said.
VIDEO: Part 1 of CBS' 60 Minutes Interview
VIDEO: Part 2 of CBS 60 Minutes Interview