Who is Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs’ Eldest Daughter?

Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the eldest daughter of the Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs.


She is professionally a writer. She’s written for the likes of The Southwest Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Advocate, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, and many more.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ Early Life

Lisa Brennan-Jobs was born Lisa Nicole Brennan on May 17, 1978, in Portland, Oregon, the U.S to Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan. As per Lisa, she was born on her parent’s friend, Robert’s farm in Oregon, and labor and delivery took three hours.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs with Her Family.
Lisa with her dad, stepmother, and stepsiblings.
Source: Instagram

After a few days of her birth, Steve came for a visit but denied being her dad. He told it to everyone on the farm. However, he helped Chrisann name the baby. Steven wanted her name to be Claire but agree to name her Lisa.

Jobs attended The Nueva School and Lick Wilmerding High School. But, later attended Palo Alto High School after moving in with her father. She later graduated from Harvard University in 2000.

Not a Shorter Version of Elizabeth

Well, most people think Lisa is the short version of Elizabeth but it’s not the case. Lisa was as confused as we were, so she asked her mother if “Lisa was short for Elizabeth.” However, it wasn’t the case.

No. We looked it up. It’s a separate name.

Chrisann says Lisa wasn’t short for Elizabeth!

Wrote Small Fry

Lisa Brennan-Jobs wrote a memoir, Small Fry where she has mentioned details about her complex childhood and sometimes difficult relationship with her father.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs Small Fry.
Lisa published Small Fry in 2018.
Source: Instagram

The book was published by Grove Press on September 4, 2018.

Child Support and Paternity Test

As we mentioned above, Steve Jobs denied the paternity of Lisa. So, her mother raised her by doing odd jobs such as cleaning houses and waitressing until she was two. Chrisann Brennan later started working as a babysitter at a day-care center inside a church.

In 1980, the district attorney of San Mateo County, California sued Steve for child support. But, he kept on denying paternity and named another man as Lisa’s dad.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs Photo Collage.
Lisa wrote Small Fry talking about her complex relationship with her dad.
Source: Instagram

In the process, she went through DNA tests and the result proved Steve as her biological father. The court ordered him to pay child-support payments of $385 per month but he increased it to $500. She also received medical insurance until the age of 18.

The lawsuit ended on December 8, 1980. Four days later, Apple went public and her dad’s net worth rose to $200 million overnight.

Her Father Apologized Several Times

Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ father Steve acknowledged his eldest daughter and attempted to reconcile with her after he left Apple.

He apologized many times over for his behavior and said that he never took responsibility when he should have, and that he was sorry.

Soon after their reconciliation, Lisa wanted to change her last name and Jobs agree to it. It was then that her name changed from Lisa Brennan to Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

Did She Get any Money from Her Father?

Lisa’s father left her millions of dollars as per Fortune; however, the actual amount is yet to be known. Most of her father’s worth went to her stepmom, Laurene Powell Jobs who now holds $18.8 billion as her total net worth.

Stayed with Steve For Some Years

Steve Jobs and his eldest child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs have lived under the same roof for a few years. Though at one point during her childhood, Jobs told her she won’t be getting anything from him, he took her along his business trips and even lived together during her high school.

We moved a lot. We rented. My father was rich and renowned and later, as I got to know him, went on vacations with him, and then lived with him for a few years, I saw another, more glamorous world. The two sides didn’t mix, and I missed one when I had the other.

It is also reported that Steve helped Lisa pay for her tuition at Harvard.

Has Three Step-Siblings

On March 18, 1991, her father shared his wedding vows with Laurene Powell in a Buddhist ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park.

Steve, His Wife, and His Kids.
Steve has three kids with Laurene.
Source: Steve Jobs Photos Blogspot

From her father’s marriage, she has three step-siblings: Reed Paul Jobs (b. September 1991), Erin Sienna Jobs (b. August 1995), and Eve Jobs (b. May 1998).

Married to Bill

The 43-year-old Lisa Brennan-Jobs is a married woman. She shared her vows with Bill and welcomed a son.

Lisa also has two stepdaughters from her husband’s previous relationship. The family of five currently resides in Brooklyn, New York City.

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