During the short interview conducted by Swedish TV station svt1 at the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in early December, Brennan-Jobs refers to her father as "the rock, the glue" of their family and offers an inside perspective on the secretive tech genius.
"It wasn't until really he passed away that we all as kids and my mother realized how much he really had an effect on the family," Brennan-Jobs said. "And while he wasn't involved on a kind of day-to-day basis, when I think of who I am today and who my brothers and sisters are, so much of it is thanks to my father."
Brennan-Jobs explains that because her father worked non-stop throughout her life, whether it be during trips or at home, her mother had to take on the primary responsibility of parenting. She goes on to say, however, that Jobs was in fact a silent force that kept the family together, imbuing his children with a strong work ethic and allowing them to find their own path in life.
"I think that without him here we all feel most discombobulated because of that fact; he was kind of the rock, the glue," she said.
The man who helped create what has become the world's most valuable tech companies was described as having been compassionate and humble, someone who always thought of others before himself.
When asked why she didn't follow Jobs' footsteps and pursue a field in computer science, Brennan-Jobs said that her father was lucky to have found something he truly loved that he could do 24 hours a day. She adds that Jobs dissuaded his children from entering the computer field because he saw that they were more multi-faceted, where Apple was a more "one-dimensional" endeavor for him.
"So he encouraged us to follow our dreams, [and] I had big shoes to fill if I wanted to go into science," Brennan-Jobs quips.