Steve Jobs

by ethnic on October 6, 2011

Date of Birth: February 24, 1955

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Death: October 5, 2011

Place of Death: Palo Alto, California, U.S.

*Syrian (biological father)
*Swiss-German, German (biological mother)

Steve Jobs (Steven Paul Jobs) was an American businessperson and inventor. He was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc., among his involvement in many other important companies and technologies.

Steve’s biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, is a Syrian Muslim, from Homs. Steve’s biological mother, Joanne Carole (Schieble), was an American of Swiss-German and German descent. The two met in Wisconsin, where Joanne was from, while Abdulfattah was there as a student. Because of family objections to the couple, they did not initially marry. His biological mother gave him up for adoption. His biological parents later married and had another child, writer Mona Simpson.

Steve was adopted by a California couple, Clara (Hagopian) and Paul Reinhold Jobs. Paul was of German descent, and was the son of Edwin A. Jobs and Clara B. Clara Hagopian was of Armenian ancestry, and was the daughter of Louis Hagopian and Victoria Artinian.

Steve had three children with his wife, businessperson Laurene Powell Jobs, and a daughter with his former partner, Chrisann Brennan.

Steve passed away on October 5, 2011, at the age of 56. He will be remembered for the technological innovations he contributed to the world.

Steve’s biological maternal grandfather was Arthur Casper Anthony Schieble (the son of Kaspar/Casper Schieble and Anna Maria Acker). Arthur was born in Wisconsin. Kaspar was born in Baden, Aargau, Switzerland, the son of Franz Joseph Schieble and Anna Maria Haus, and was of Swiss-German descent. Anna Acker was born in Wisconsin, to Swiss parents, Johannes/John Acker and Brigitta/Bridget Binz, from Baden, Aargau, Switzerland, and was of Swiss-German descent.

Steve’s biological maternal grandmother was Irene Thekla Ziegler (the daughter of Rudolph Ferdinand Ziegler and Hedwig “Hattie” Horn). Irene was born in Wisconsin. Rudolph was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, Johann Christoff/Christoph Ziegler and Julianna Augusta Schwartz. Hedwig was born in Saxony, Germany, to Edward Horn and Thekla Haag.

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andrew December 31, 2016 at 5:42 am
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phaedra March 22, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Best biracial man since Obama.

Greyface March 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

whats great about obama, serious question

TheHelper August 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm

@phaedra He’s not biracial. Syrians are actually White.

Devotion October 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Definitely did look Semitic/Mediterranean.

Check7t September 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm

His nose is MENA.

lelo4 December 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

Not really, it’s just specifically Semitic.

[email protected] June 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

he has some middle eastern features it makes me feel him look kinda arabic

christian March 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

he was of german and syrian descent

for me he looks a lit bit arabic(syrian)

actually a lot of people from different countries look the same

and i know 6 syrians of which 4 have green or blue eyes

the syrian president assad has pure blue eyes and looks german,

and in contradiction to this a lot of germans look exactly like steve jobs(especially in southern germany )

I love you, Roger Scientist March 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Steve Jobs was an Arab? I never knew. I am surprised, but cool and interesting fact.

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