Jasper Sanfilippo, who built nut company and unusual collection of musical instruments, dead at 88
The longtime CEO of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. had a passion for mechanical music machines. His Barrington Hills home grew as he built additions to showcase his collection.
Jasper B. Sanfilippo built his family’s nut business into a publicly traded company with $876 million in sales last year.
Mr. Sanfilippo, who died Jan. 28 at 88, also had a passion for musical instruments, particularly mechanical music machines. His Barrington Hills home grew as he built several additions to showcase his vast collection.
He and his wife Marian helped nonprofit organizations raise millions of dollars by hosting fundraisers at their estate.
His son Jeffrey Sanfilippo succeeded him as chief executive officer of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. in 2006 and guided the company’s move in 2007 from prior locations in Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines and Arlington Heights to new corporate headquarters in Elgin.
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