About the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy
The Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was inaugurated on December 10, 2001, by more than 20 of the institutions Mr. Carnegie established all over the world during his lifetime.
This award, created at the centennial observance of Andrew Carnegie’s official career as a philanthropist, is given every two years to one or more individuals who, like Andrew Carnegie, have dedicated their private wealth to public good, and who have sustained impressive careers as philanthropists.
2013 Medal Recipients
The recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the award which recognizes those who use their private wealth for public good, has been announced today, Sunday 22 September, 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 are: 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; and Dame Janet Frances Wolfson de Botton CBE on behalf of the Wolfson family, founders of the Wolfson Foundation.
Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy
Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy Week 2013 celebrates the huge impact made by the Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the global network of trusts and foundations he endowed.
Presented in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to a UK and international audience, the week will exhibit and discussthe Carnegie legacy to the world.
The highlight of the week will be the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award Ceremony 2013 which celebrates today’s entrepreneurs and changemakers. The Medal is organised by the Carnegie institutions and comes to Scotland in recognition of the Carnegie UK Trust’s centenary.
About Andrew Carnegie
Born in 1835, Andrew Carnegie became a self-made millionaire. After selling his steel empire at the beginning of the 20th century, he devoted his life to philanthropic work, giving away the bulk of his great fortune. Today, he is widely viewed as the founding father of modern-day, strategic philanthropy.