Steve Jobs was one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the digital age.
He made tech giant Apple the household name it is today. Over his 35-year career he went from success to success to success.
However, his family life was a little more complicated.
When Jobs was born in 1955, his biological parents Abdulfattah “John” Jandali and Joanne Schieble, gave him up for adoption.
Schieble became pregnant while spending the summer with Jandali’s family in Homs, Syria. According to Jandali, Schieble’s dying father did not approve of their relationship.
“I was very much in love with Joanne,” he once told the New York Post. “But sadly, her father was a tyrant, and forbade her to marry me, as I was from Syria. And so she told me she wanted to give the baby up for adoption.”
The couple broke up and Jobs was adopted by Paul Jobs and Clara Hagopian.
A few months later Schieble’s dad passed away and the couple reunited. They went on to have a daughter together named Mona.
The family then moved to Syria, but Schieble was unhappy there. When Mona was four years old, Schieble took her back to the United States, and the couple divorced.
Mona would go on to become the novelist known as Mona Simpson.
After Jobs adoptive mother, Clara, died of lung cancer in 1986, he met up with Schieble for the first time. He then discovered that 25-year-old Simpson was his biological sister and she had no idea that he existed.
Their mother arranged for the siblings to meet in New York. Although they were hesitant at first, they soon became very close.
“Mona was not completely thrilled at first to have me in her life and have her mother so emotionally affectionate toward me… as we got to know each other, we became really good friends and she is my family,” Jobs said in his biography, Steve Jobs.