In an excerpt of her upcoming memoir in Vanity Fair, the oldest daughter of Steve Jobs recounts their complicated relationship when she was growing up. The Apple co-founder adamantly denied paternity until court-ordered DNA tests forced him to start providing support, and Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes about that and their sometimes prickly father-daughter relationship. As is well-known by now, Jobs named an early computer "Lisa," and Brennan-Jones remembers being in high school and finally asking her father about a rumor she'd grown up with. “Hey, you know that computer, the Lisa? Was it named after me?” she asked. “Nope," he responded dismissively. "Sorry, kid.” And that was that—until a dinner with Bono years later.
When she was 27, Brennan-Jobs accompanied her dad and other family members on a Mediterranean cruise, and they made as surprise pit stop in the south of France at a villa owned by U2's frontman. At some point, Bono asked Jobs, "So, was the Lisa computer named after her?” After a brief hesitation during which Brennan-Jobs braced for the disappointing answer, Jobs replied, “Yeah, it was." Click to read the full excerpt from Small Fry, in which a young Brennan-Jobs recalls making the mistake of asking her dad for what she thought would be a leftover Porsche. (Read more Steve Jobs stories.)