Baillie Gifford is unique in the UK in being a large-scale investment business that has remained an independent private partnership. This ownership structure has allowed us to keep our efforts focused entirely on our clients and their investments. Baillie Gifford is one of the UK's leading independently owned investment management firms. It is owned and run by 47 of its senior executives who operate as a partnership, a structure which has endured for over a century and which provides stability for clients and motivation for employees. It enables us to manage the business for the future as well as the present, with the emphasis on genuine long–term thinking rather than short-term targets. As of 30 June 2021, our assets under management and advice were £352 billion (US $486.8 billion), a sizeable figure but one achieved by steady organic growth rather than by merger or acquisition.