Baillie Gifford is an independent investment partnership founded in Scotland in 1908. The firm focuses on long-term growth investing, in some of the world’s most exciting companies. With 1,319 staff and assets under management of £262 billion, its main office is in Edinburgh, with ten other offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dublin, Zurich, Frankfurt, Toronto, Buenos Aires and Krakow (at 30 June 2020).
Baillie Gifford supports a variety of initiatives in the arts, academia and local communities close to its global offices. In the literary world, Baillie Gifford sponsors a number of literary festivals, including Hay Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Borders Book Festival, Henley Literary Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
*as at 8 September 2020
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.