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. As an adult, Jobs tracked his family history, discovering that his parents later wed and had a daughter, Mona Simpson, who Jobs now has a “close relationship” with, according to The Apple Museum.
The award-winning actress was born in Chicago in 1957 and was the youngest of four children adopted by Canadian parents Vernon McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister, and Noreen, a retired registered nurse and receptionist. Her father’s work led the McDormand family to move frequently around the U.S. during Frances’ early years, but they finally settled in a suburb of Pittsburgh. In 1994, McDormand and her husband, film director Joel Coen, adopted a son, Pedro, who was born in Paraguay.
The anti-Apartheid leader was born into the Thembu sub-tribe nobility of the Xhosa people in Mvezo, South Africa. Though he was initially raised by his parents, his father died when he was 9 years old and he was taken to the larger village of Mqhekezweni, the Thembu provincial capital, where he was informally adopted by the Thembu chief Jongintaba. His father had been instrumental in the rise of Jongintaba within the tribe, and Mandela’s adoption was in acknowledgement of that debt.
The iconic actress was born Norma Jean Mortenson to an unmarried Hollywood film-editing assistant named Gladys Baker, who later baptized Marilyn with her own last name. Baker was psychologically unstable and committed to an institution early in Monroe’s life. With her mother institutionalized, Monroe bounced around at least nine foster homes until she was 11, when she went to live with Grace McKee Goddard, a family friend.
Actor and musician Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas. When Foxx was 7 months old, his mother, Louise, divorced from his father, and his grandparents, Mark and Esther Talley, adopted him. His grandmother had a significant influence on his life, encouraging Foxx in his music, studies and sports. As an adult, Foxx has been an advocate for adoption, talking and appearing in shows about the subject.