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Apple founder Steve Jobs was also 'Syrian migrant's child'

02:56 PM | 11 Sep, 2015
Apple founder Steve Jobs was also 'Syrian migrant's child'
GENEVA (Web Desk) - The online tech community has rallied around the story of drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, pointing out that the children of Syrian migrants include the man who invented the iPhone.

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who died in 2011 and is subject of an upcoming biopic by British director Danny Boyle, was the son of a Syrian man who moved to the US to study in the 1950s.


Abdul Fattah Jandali was born in 1931 to a well-off family in Homs, Syria - a city now most famous as the scene of some of the worst fighting in the country's ongoing civil war.

He and his partner Joanne Carole Schieble had Jobs out of wedlock and were forced to give him up for adoption. They later married, and had Jobs' biological sister Mona Simpson.

Though Jobs' story is a world away from that of Aylan, whose death last week prompted international outrage, a simple post noting their shared Syrian heritage has been shared thousands of times on social media.

Read more: Father of drowned boy Aylan Kurdi tells his story

Posted by Geneva-based tech entrepreneur David Galbraith, it simply included a picture of Jobs and the caption: "A Syrian migrants' child [sic]."

Galbraith, who was co-founder of the company where Yelp was created and helped author RSS technology, said he was a fan of Jobs and remembered his family history when news about desperate Syrian refugees made headlines around the world.

He told the Chicago Tribune that he "could barely look (at the photographs of Aylan) as I have two beautiful young children of my own."

He said: "It seemed to be that what the most precious thing in the world, a small child, was washed up on the sea shore like a discarded object of no value, when a child with a parent of the same nationality, given opportunity had created the largest company in the entire world. And here we are seeing an acrimonious debate, about stopping migrants."

The image he chose of Jobs comes from the cover of the late entrepreneur’s best-selling, self-titled autobiography.

"It contrasted that of Aylan Kurdi in every way and made me wonder what little boys like him could have achieved if they had been given the chance," Galbraith said.

While the reminder of Jobs' background has been shared more than 11,000 times, not everyone agreed with the apparent sentiment behind it.

One wrote that it suggests "that human life is worth something only if it achieves 'great things'. Another said the picture implied we should only perceive children as "future assets," adding: "Must we even value the human in economic terms?"


But many others were positive about Galbraith's message. One said it was a "brilliant tweet," while another wrote: "Most times the simplest statements are the most powerful."

The writer is a member of the staff.


PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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