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A Syrian immigrant by the name of Abdulfattah John Jandali who arrived in the United States some decades ago is the biological father of tech prodigy and Apple's ex-CEO Steve Jobs..
Days after Steve Jobs announced his resignation from Apple, Jandali told the New York Post that he wanted to meet his son who is frail and suffering from a declining health condition.
"Now I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me, because even to have one last coffee with him would make me a very happy man," he said.
Jandali, vice-president of a casino in Reno, Nev., is waiting for his son to reach out to him.
"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. Steve will have to do that, as the Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune," Jandali told the Daily Mail.
Jandali and Joanne Simpson are the biological parents of Steve Jobs, who was given up for adoption because Simpson's father was against her marrying a Syrian man.
"Her father was a tyrant, and forbade her to marry me, as I was from Syria. I honestly do not know to this day if Steve is aware of the fact that had it been my choice, I would have loved to have kept him. I'd be lying if I said it doesn't sadden me to have not been part of my son's incredible journey," Jandali continued telling the media outlet.
Jobs was raised by working class Paul and Clara Jobs in Mountain View, Calif., who later on sent Steve to college.
Although Jobs never met his biological father in person, both have had limited contact through email and both are said to be workaholics.
There has been no public response from Steve Jobs regarding his biological father so far.