John Nasseff

Retired/St. Paul philanthropist




The name John Nasseff is well known in St. Paul, Nasseff’s hometown. Nasseff began working for West Publishing in 1946. Fifty years later, when the legal publisher was sold for $3.4 billion, Nasseff’s stock was worth about $175 million. In retirement, Nasseff has made giving back a full-time job. Over the years he’s given more than $10 million to the Mayo Clinic and made major contributions to the Nasseff Heart Center at United Hospital in St. Paul and the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. In honor of their ongoing generosity, Nasseff and wife Helene Houle were named outstanding individual philanthropists in 2013 by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.