15 Celebs Who Were Adopted


The image of the typical or “normal” American family – with a father, mother, 2-3 kids, and a dog – has become less and less familiar over time. These days, families are “blended” and “progressive” and more than a little creative in terms of structure.

From Katherine Heigl to Sheryl Crow, the Hollywood elite seem determined to give a loving family to orphaned children both stateside and abroad. But there are also celebrities on the other side of the coin, who have actually been adopted themselves—either by non-relatives or by other family members.

Here are a few well-known celebrities that were ahead of the curve. Each famous figure listed below was orphaned, fostered, or adopted at a young age and clearly didn’t let that set them back.

1. Steve Jobs

The Apple cofounder was born in San Francisco in 1955 to Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah John Jandali, an unwed couple who put Jobs up for adoption as an infant.

He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a machinist and accountant respectively, and grew up in Los Altos, California.

Jobs held an internship with Hewlett-Packard and did a stint at Atari, Inc., before he and Stephen Wozniak developed the first Apple computer.

These days, the white cord of the iPod is ubiquitous, and Macintosh computers are synonymous with style and technical savvy.

As an adult, Jobs tracked his family history, discovering that his parents later wed and had a daughter, Mona Simpson, who Jobs had a “close relationship” with, according to The Apple Museum.

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