Sigrid Maria Elisabet Rausing (born 29 January 1962) is a Swedish philanthropist, anthropologist and publisher. She is the founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, one of the United Kingdom's largest philanthropic foundations, and owner of Granta magazine and Granta Books.
Sigrid Rausing is the daughter of Swedish businessman Hans Rausing and his wife Märit Rausing. She has one sister, Lisbet Rausing and one brother, Hans Kristian Rausing. Her grandfather Ruben Rausing was co-founder of the Swedish packaging company Tetra Pak.
In 1987, she was awarded an MSc in Social Anthropology from University College London. She continued with a PhD focusing on post-Soviet anthropology, and did her fieldwork on a collective farm in Estonia, in 1993-4. In 1997, she was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Department of Social Anthropology at University College London followed by an honorary post-doctorate in the same department. Her book, a monograph based on her PhD, History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia: The End of a Collective Farm, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004. The book was preceded by a range of articles in scholarly journals, including Ethnologie Francaise.
Rausing, a granddaughter of Ruben Rausing, the founder of the Tetra Pak company, set up the charitable trust the Sea Foundation in 1988. In 1996 she transferred the funds to the Ruben and Elisabeth Rausing Trust, named after her grandparents; the trust was renamed the Sigrid Rausing Trust in 2003 and by 2014, had distributed approximately £208.3 million to human rights organisations globally.
In 2004 she was the joint winner of the International Service Human Rights Award, in the Global Human Rights Defender category. In 2005 she won a Beacon Special Award for philanthropy. In 2006 she was awarded the Women’s Funding Network's ‘Changing the Face of Philanthropy’ Award.
In spring 2005, with her husband, Eric Abraham and publisher Philip Gwyn-Jones she founded the publishing house, Portobello Books, and that Autumn she acquired Granta, a renowned literary journal, and its book publishing arm. She is now the publisher of both Granta magazine and Granta Books, including its imprint Portobello Books.
She is a judge on the jury of the Per Anger Prize for human rights defenders, and an emeritus board member of the Order of the Teaspoon, a Swedish organisation against political and religious extremism.
She was the judge of the Amnesty International Media Awards in 2009 and 2010. She serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and is an Emeritus member of the international board of Human Rights Watch.
She is a former trustee of Charleston, in Sussex, the museum which is the former home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. In 2010 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Morrell Fellowship from the University of York. In 2012 she was a judge of the Index on Censorship Media Awards.
Everything Is Wonderful, a personal memoir of her year in Estonia researching the remnants of the Estonian Swedes, was published by Grove Atlantic in the US, and by Bonniers in Sweden, in spring 2014.
In June 2014 she has been elected an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
- Rausing, Sigrid (2004). History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia: The End of a Collective Farm. Oxford University Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-19-926318-9.
- Everything Is Wonderful (2014) ISBN 978-0-80-212217-9
- Sigrid Rausing Trust, Registered Charity no. 1046769 at the Charity Commission
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- "L'impossible retour. Dons, aides et échanges dans le nord-est de l'Estonie in Ethonologie Francaise 1998". Presses Universitaires de France. 2002-01-01.
- "Sigrid Rausing Trust". SRT. 2013-01-29.
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- Edemariam, Aida (2006-06-14). "Books, money and milk cartons". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- Townsend, Mark; Smith, David (2005-10-09). "The generous millionaire who saved Granta". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
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- "Jury och nominering" (Press release). levandehistoria.se. 2008-09-29.
- "Teskedsordens hedersledamot Sigrid Rausing i reportage i Svenska Dagbladet". Teskedsorden. 2012-01-16.
- "Amnesty International Media Awards 2009" (Press release). The Guardian. 2009-06-03.
- "Amnesty International Media Awards 2010" (Press release). Amnesty International. 2010-05-05.
- "Coalition for the International Criminal Court" (Press release). www.coalitionfortheicc.org. Various.
- "Board of Directors". www.hrw.org. Various.
- "Staff and Trustees". www.charleston.org.uk.
- "Honorary Fellow of LSE". www2.lse.ac.uk/.
- "Yes to reforming the European court of human rights. No to overriding it" (Press release). The Guardian.
- "Human rights are our best safeguard against tyrannical rule" (Press release). The Guardian.
- "Belarus: inside Europe's last dictatorship" (Press release). The Guardian.
- "‘Corrosive’ human rights protect us all" (Press release). The Sunday Times.
- "New Statesman Various Articles" (Press release). New Statesman.
- "Europe must help Georgia and Armenia, or Russia will" (Press release). The Guardian.
- BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
- Dovkants, Keith (10 April 2008). "Troubled heir to the £5bn Tetra Pak fortune". Evening Standard.