Baillie Gifford is an independent investment partnership founded in 1908. Headquartered in Edinburgh, where most of its staff live and work, the firm employs 1,684 people and has assets under management and advice of £227 billion (as at 31 March 2022). As part of its sponsorship program the firm supports a number of initiatives in the arts, academia and local good citizenship. In the literary world, Baillie Gifford sponsors a number of literary festivals, including principal sponsorship of Hay Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival and headline sponsorship Stratford Literary Festival, Henley Literary Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
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.