The Real Story About Steve Jobs’ Daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs
The story of Steve Jobs’ oldest daughter Lisa and her struggles growing up with the founder of Apple
A lot of us here at The Sitch are big fans of the late Steve Jobs, who undoubtedly was one of the most influential people of our generation. For those of you who haven’t read his biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (who has also written books about Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein), then you definitely should. It’s a detailed account of the founder of Apple’s entire life and really shows a side of him you may not otherwise know.
A big part of the story includes rocky accounts of his oldest daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs (who the late founder also happened to name the precursor to the Macintosh after). Jobs and Chrisann Brennan were 23 when Brennan-Jobs was born. For many years, Jobs denied that she was his daughter, eventually starting a new family with Laurene Powell. Brennan-Jobs has stated multiple accounts of the struggles she faced with her father throughout the years. Even in her soon-to-be-released memoir Small Fry, she says that Jobs told her that she “smelled like a toilet” and that she “wouldn’t be getting anything” in a disagreement over inheriting his prized Porsche.
While the American writer has gone on to lead a successful life, graduating from Harvard and writing for publications like The Southwest Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Advocate, Spiked, Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine, the forty-year-old Brennan-Jobs still has quite the story to tell.
A recently released excerpt by Brennan-Jobs via Vanity Fair details a variety of her memories being with her father, including randomly stealing miscellaneous items from his house to how Jobs originally wanted to call her Claire and how her mother Chrisann supplemented her welfare payments by cleaning houses and waitressing after her father refused to support the two.
It’s crazy to hear how dysfunctional the relationship between such a legendary person like Steve Jobs and his first daughter really was. Be sure to visit Vanity Fair for the entire excerpt from Brennan-Jobs or grab a copy of her book Small Fry for the full story. Let us know what you think about Apple’s Steve Jobs and his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Apple news and other entertaining reads.