Founded in Edinburgh in 1908, Baillie Gifford is an independent investment partnership with £173.3 billion* under management and advice for clients in the UK and throughout the world. As part of its sponsorship programme the firm supports a number of initiatives in the arts, academia and local good citizenship.
In the literary world, Baillie Gifford supports 12 UK literary festivals, including Hay Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival where they have been involved for over 15 years.
*as of 31 December 2018
The Blavatnik Family Foundation
The awards ceremony is generously hosted by the Blavatnik Family Foundation who are also supporting the new Baillie Gifford Prize podcast series.
The Blavatnik Family Foundation has supported the Baillie Gifford Prize since 2015, based on a shared vision of promoting ongoing exploration and independence of thought in literature. The Blavatnik Family Foundation is a non-for-profit organization established by British-American businessman and philanthropist Len Blavatnik. Globally, the Foundation has contributed more than $700 million to hundreds of scientific, educational, cultural and other charitable institutions.