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Annual Meeting of the Trustees of the Nobel Foundation

The 2009 Financial Management of the Nobel Foundation

On Friday, April 23, the Trustees of the Nobel Foundation approved the 2009 financial statements of the foundation:

  • On December 31, 2009, the market value of the Nobel Foundation's invested capital amounted to SEK 3,112 m. Total return on equity (growth in foundation assets after adding back the overall sum for Nobel Prizes and operating expenses) amounted to 14.4 (–19.0) per cent.

  • Net assets, that is, the market value of the foundation's equity calculated as invested capital at market value adjusted for other balance sheet items, increased by 9.9 (–22.3) per cent.

  • The market value of the foundation's share portfolio, which comprised 53 (52) per cent of the total equities portfolio, increased by 27.3 (-31.2) per cent. Over the past five-year period, the average yearly return on the portfolio was 4.6 per cent, compared to 3.9 per cent for the benchmark index. The MSCI World showed an average yearly return of 3.4 per cent during the same period.

  • The Swedish bond portfolio showed a return of 3.9 (7.6) per cent, compared to 1.9 (7.7) per cent for the benchmark index. This portfolio accounted for 14 (19) per cent of the foundation's portfolio capital at year-end.

  • During 2009, the Nobel Foundation's book profit amounted to 373.0 m.

  • The 2010 Nobel Prizes were set at SEK 10.0 m per prize (Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace). The total amount of all five Nobel Prizes is SEK 50.0 m. In addition, the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel will amount to SEK 10.0 m.

The Board of Directors of the Nobel Foundation consists of:

Mr. Marcus Storch, MD h.c., Chairman
Former President and CEO of AGA AB

Professor Gunnar Öquist, Vice-Chairman (until June 30, 2010)
Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Mr. Michael Sohlman
Executive Director

Professor Peter Englund
Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy

Mr. Tomas Nicolin, MSc

Mrs. Kaci Kullmann Five
Deputy Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Professor Göran K. Hansson (will replace Professor Öquist as Vice-Chairman from July 1, 2010)
Secretary of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet and of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine

Professor Staffan Normark (from July 1, 2010)
Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (from July 1, 2010)

Deputy members

Professor Bo Sundqvist
Former President, Uppsala University

Professor Astrid Gräslund
Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry 

 

Stockholm, April 23, 2010

THE NOBEL FOUNDATION / Michael Sohlman, Executive Director

Contact: Annika Pontikis, Public Relations Manager, The Nobel Foundation
E-mail: annika.pontikis@nobel.se, tel: +46 8 663 14 70, +46 70 454 76 72,
fax: +46 8 660 38 47


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