Daughter of Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Rausing, Swedish born Sigrid is one of the UK’s most influential philanthropic supporters.
A long history of humanitarian work, the billionaire heiress founded the Sea Foundation in 1988 which was renamed the Sigrid Rausing Trust in 2003. Inspired by progressive movements from an early age, Sigrid chose to focus the efforts of the trust on human rights, political rights, women’s advocacy, minorities and environmental justice.
Since its creation, the trust has given away over $300 million to support human rights initiatives all over the world. Today the trust has a budget of just under £30 million and carefully chooses initiatives it supports through research and fieldwork.
Sigrid is also a keen anthropologist and writer and has published numerous books and work in The Guardian, the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. In 2005, together with her husband, Sigrid founded the publishing house, Portobello Books and that same year she acquired Granta, a literary journal, and its book publishing arm.
She acts as a judge on the jury of the Per Anger Prize for human rights defenders and is an emeritus board member of the Order of the Teaspoon, a Swedish organisation against political and religious extremism.
In 2013 Sigrid was named as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.