The biological father of Steve Jobs, who gave him up for adoption 56 years ago, has begged the Apple founder to get in touch “before it is too late”.
According to Abdulfattah John Jandali, he was desperate to talk to his son for the first time before his death from cancer.
He was overcome with guilt for abandoning the boy and persisted he was not after the billions of Mr. Jobs.
For decades he had been too proud to make the first move but now wished to reunite with his son, Mr. Jandali said.
His comments come after Mr. Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple because of his worsening physical condition.
Photographs taken since then suggested that he may be in the last stages of his fight with cancer. Mr. Jandali, a Syrian immigrant who now works as vice president of a casino in Reno, Nevada, said he only recently knew that his son founded Apple, which is worth £221billion.
He has emailed Mr. Jobs a few times but has not called for fear he would mistakenly think he was after the money of Mr. Jobs.
Mr. Jandali said, “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.”
Mr. Jobs was given up for adoption as a baby and raised by Paul and Clara Jobs, a working class couple from California.