Jimmy Wales receives the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize

Jimmy Wales receives the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize

Media release 26 January 2011
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Rueschlikon/ZH:
Jimmy Wales receives Gottlieb Duttweiler Award 2011

The Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize was presented to Jimmy Wales at a formal ceremony held on the evening of 26 January 2011. The founder of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia accepted the award at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI ) in Rüschlikon/Zurich in the presence of some 300 invited guests from the arts, politics and business fields. The laudatory speech was delivered by Roger de Weck, Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR).

Jimmy Wales was awarded the prestigious prize for his services in making access to knowledge more democratic. The award, which is endowed with 100,000 Swiss francs, was presented by Gisèle Girgis, member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. In her speech she evoked the name of the encyclopedist of the Enlightenment, Denis Diderot, and compared Jimmy Wales with him: "Both of them have faith in the power of the critical public."

Claude Hauser, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives (MGB), emphasised the parallels between the non-profit encyclopedia and Gottlieb Duttweiler's non-profit-oriented organisation, the Migros Culture Percentage.

Jimmy Wales is the tenth recipient of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize. This politically impartial distinction is awarded at irregular intervals to individuals for their outstanding achievements to the well-being of the wider community. Previous award-winners include former Secretary-General of the United Nations and holder of the Nobel Peace Prize Kofi A. Annan; Joschka Fischer, who was German Foreign Minister at the time, and Václav Havel, the then President of Czechoslovakia.

Images of the award ceremony (with copyright reference) will be made freely available on
Wednesday evening:
from 19:30: www.entzeroth.ch/download/welcome.zip
from 21:00: www.entzeroth.ch/download/ceremony.zip
from 22:00: www.entzeroth.ch/download/impressions.zip

Further information on the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize and previous recipients can be found at www.gdi.ch/gd-preis

Alain Egli
PR & Communications
Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI)
+41 44 724 62 78