Sir Thomas Blane Hunter (born 6 May 1961) is a Scottish businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. With his wife, Marion he established The Hunter Foundation in 1998 after selling his first business, Sports Division for a cool £290m. After discussions with Vartan Gregorian, head of the Carnegie Foundation of New York, Tom set a cause and a method which has resulted in the foundation donating millions to supporting educational and entrepreneurial projects in Scotland.
In 2005 he received a knighthood for “services to Philanthropy and to Entrepreneurship in Scotland”.
In October 2013, Tom was awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Described by some as the “Nobel Prize for philanthropy”, the medal recognises those who use their private wealth for public good and is awarded biannually to global figures leading the way in this field.
Marion was instrumental in the development of Tom’s first business. Now a dedicated mother and philanthropist, as co-founder of The Hunter Foundation, Marion oversees investment strategy as well as volunteering on a number of charitable efforts.
Vartan Gregorian (born 8 April, 1934) is an Iranian born Armenian-American academic, serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. From 1981 to 1989 Gregorian served as president of the New York Public Library, an eight year tenure which would prove one of his most lasting legacies. In 1988, he was chosen to become president of Brown University, where he served for the next nine years. In 1997, he was selected as president of philanthropic Carnegie Corporation of New York. He is also a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, the American Acadamy in Berlin, the Institute for Advances Study, and Brandeis University, among other institutions.
He has received the National Humanities Medal. In 2004 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. He has also received honorary degrees from nearly 70 institutions.
Jim was a founding partner in West Coast Capital in 2001. He spent sixteen years as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and was recognised as one of the UK’s leading advisors to entrepreneurs.