Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy ceremony was held at Holyrood on 17 October 2013.

The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was established in 2001 to mark the centennial of Andrew Carnegie’s formal philanthropy.

The Medal is awarded every two years to recognise individuals and families with exceptional and sustained records of philanthropic giving.

The recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the award which recognises those who use their private wealth for public good, was announced by the Carnegie UK Trust, on behalf of the international family of Carnegie institutions. The philanthropic activities of this year’s Carnegie medallists span the globe and include support for education, science, entrepreneurship and the arts.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science Community Development and one of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women
  • Sir Tom Hunter, the British entrepreneur whom the Sunday Times called Scotland’s first home-grown billionaire
  • Dr James Harris Simons – along with his wife, economist Dr Marilyn Simons – the American mathematician who founded one of the world’s most successful hedge fund companies
  • Dr Dmitry Zimin, the co-founder of the second-largest telecom business in Russia
  • Dame Janet Frances Wolfson de Botton CBE on behalf of the Wolfson family, founders of the Wolfson Foundation.

Often described as the ‘Nobel Prize for philanthropy’, the Carnegie Medal is awarded biannually to some of the world’s leading philanthropists.

The 2013 winners received their medals at a ceremony held in the Debating Chamber on Thursday 17 October 2013. Now in its 12th year, this is only the second time the ceremony has been held outside the United States, both times in Scotland, having been last hosted by the Scottish Parliament in 2005.

Images from the 2013 Ceremony 

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