Steve Jobs's biological father was a man of mystery: He took his students on a study-abroad trip and then disappeared

Anita Durairaj
Steve Jobs in 2010Photo byMatt Buchanan; CC-BY-2.0

Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011) is Apple's most famous co-founder. When he passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011, he was mourned worldwide.

Jobs was estimated to have a net worth of $10.2 billion when he died. However, he did not grow up wealthy and had relatively humble beginnings.

Jobs was born to a Syrian Arab father, Abdulfattah Jandali, while his mother was American of German and Swiss origin. His father had moved to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. and there he met Jobs's mother.

The relationship did not work out. Jobs was given up for adoption by his mother. His biological parents never got married and there were reports that his father had left.

Jobs considered his adoptive parents to be his true parents. However, years later, he would attempt to find out more about his biological parents.

He mentioned in an interview that he did not like what he learned about his father, Abdulfattah.

An article in the Seattle Met published in 2011 may explain why Jobs had an issue with his biological father. The article highlights one incident in particular.

In 1974, Abdulfattah was a respected political science professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He organized a study-abroad trip for his students to visit Egypt. However, once the students got to Egypt, Abdulfattah seemed to be more interested in spending his time in the casinos than helping his students.

Just a few days after they landed in Egypt, he disappeared and several thousand dollars of the university's travel expenses went unaccounted for. Abdulfattah had skipped town.

He later resigned from the university and moved to Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Abdulfattah worked different jobs. He was a professor, then he became a restauranteur and later managed a casino hotel in Vegas.

Jobs never made an effort to get in touch with or have a relationship with Abdulfattah.

Abdufattah has now outlived his son and is 91 years old as of 2022.

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