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Nobel Prize cash award reduced by 20 percent to meet future budget shortfall
Monday, 11 June 2012
The Nobel Foundation is lowering the cash prize money for the Nobel
Prizes awards by twenty percent, an adjustment to meet pressures caused
by budget shortfall.
The aim of the decision is explained that what ever resources are
available should be able to meet future awards. The price cut starts
this year from Skr10 million to Skr8 million, still a great amount
“It will always be nice to get a Nobel Prize even if prize money is not
as high as it has been previously” said Lars Heikensten, the Nobel
Foundation's executive director, to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
He believes that the value of a Nobel Prize is more about status than
about the prize money and do not think the next winner will be
“They will be thrilled when they get the price. The first thing they
think is probably not that of the money. The decision to cut back on
the prize money is difficult to comprehend,” according to Lars
“I do not want to trivialize this, absolutely not. I think there is
every reason for us to try and have the ambition to get the prize again
in the future.”
One reason attributed to the reduction in the prize money has to do
with the anxiety in financial markets. Another is to make the Nobel
Foundation's funds to be sufficient in the future.
It is very unsettled in the financial markets and many analysts are of
the opinion that over the next few years there will be difficulties to
maintain the same level of return that have been had before.
Lars Heikensten also admits that money, originally from the capital
Alfred Nobel once donated, does not grow at the pace needed to secure
the price at current levels in the future.
That returns over the past decade has not been in line with spending.
According Heikensten roughly 50 percent of the Nobel Foundation's
assets is held in shares, 30 percent in "alternative investments" -
such as hedge funds, private equity arrangements and property
investment - and the remaining 20 percent is in fixed-income
The prize money has been Skr 10 million since 2001, according to the
Nobel Foundation. It is also the year that the sum so far has been
highest, translated at the year's values.
The year before, 2000, the sum was Skr 9 million, since 1994, the price has been over seven million.
In 1901 the prize fund had Skr 150 782 million, representing over Skr8 million in last year's values.
By Scancomark.se Team
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