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A high-conviction manager with a purely stock-driven approach, Baillie Gifford seeks out and invests in exceptional companies that have the potential to achieve market-defying growth over the long term.


Baillie Gifford is an independent investment manager that’s expressly focussed on the long-term, with an investment philosophy in equites that’s motivated to seek growth opportunities within a global universe. Baillie Gifford’s belief is that sustained growth in company profits leads to higher share prices over time. Baillie Gifford’s rigorous process of fundamental analysis and proprietary research, combined with a depth of expertise, are core to a successful, long-term, bottom-up investment approach. This allows the business to exploit global opportunities over periods of, typically, five years or more.

Founded in 1908 and based in Edinburgh, Baillie Gifford is wholly owned by 44 partners, who all work within the company. This unique business model provides a stable environment that supports the company’s long-term, high-conviction approach to investing. Baillie Gifford is a global investment management firm with over AUD$350 billion in funds under management, as at 30 June 2018

Wholly owned by 44 partners who all work within the firm, this unique partnership model differs from traditional listed firms in that it provides a stable environment that supports Baillie Gifford’s long-term high-conviction approach to investing.

Patient, long-term investing

Willingness to maintain a long-term view in an increasingly impatient industry.

Partnership Model

Having stability to support the firm’s strong investment philosophy and culture.

High conviction growth investor

Targets sustainable global companies with the potential to deliver exceptional growth.


Investment approach

Baillie Gifford’s investment philosophy is based on the conviction that sustained growth in company profits leads to higher share prices over time, as high-growth companies are rewarded for superior revenue growth and strong management. Rather than focusing on market themes, sectors or regions, the investment approach is purely stock-driven. The team invests in stocks that offer investors the opportunity to transform their portfolio growth over the long term.

The portfolio is concentrated to increase the potential returns for investors, and the rigorous investment process combines bottom-up research with fundamental analysis and proprietary research. The team utilises a unique and exacting 10-questions stock research framework to assess potential and existing investment opportunities viewed through both positive and negative lenses, analysing:


  • Industry background
  • Competitive advantage
  • Financial strength
  • Management attitudes
  • Valuation


Global Equity

Baillie Gifford Long Term Global Growth Fund

A high-conviction global share fund that focuses on investing in exceptional companies from around the globe with the potential to achieve market-defying growth over the long term.






Mark Urquhart

  • Mark has been with Baillie Gifford since 1996, starting as an investment manager in the Japanese Equity Team. He joined our Long Term Global Growth Team in 2003 when it was established, and became a partner in 2004.
    Mark has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard in 1993 before completing a PhD in politics at the University of Edinburgh in 1996.


Tom Slater

  • Tom joined Baillie Gifford in 2000, working in Developed Asia and UK Equity Teams before joining the Long Term Global Growth Team at the start of 2009. Tom became a Partner in the firm in 2012, while in 2015 Tom was appointed Head of the North American Equities Team and is a decision maker on Long Term Global Growth portfolios.
    Tom graduated BSc in Computer Science with Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh in 2000


James Anderson

  • James joined Baillie Gifford in 1983 and became a Partner in 1987, heading up European Equity team until 2003 when he co-founded our Long Term Global Growth strategy.
    James is a member of the Firm’s Strategic Leadership GroupHe has a BA in History from Oxford University and gained an MA in International Affairs in 1982. He is a Trustee of the Johns Hopkins University.


John MacDougall

  • John MacDougall joined Baillie Gifford in 2006, moving from the Japanese Specialist team to the Global Discovery team in 2011.
    He graduated with a BA in Ancient & Modern History from Oxford University in 2000 and is a CFA Charterholder.

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