Development of the Balzan Prizes
According to its statutes, the Foundation Board of the Balzan Foundation "Prize" determines the categories, the number, and the amount of the Balzan Prizes. Depending on the financial resources that are available, the number of prizes each year can be limited to two, or even only one.

Based on the amounts that the Balzan Foundation "Fund" could make available, the Balzan Foundation "Prize" has awarded the following Balzan Prizes:

1979 – 1987: CHF 750,000 = 3 prizes of CHF 250,000
1988 – 1990: CHF 900,000 = 3 prizes of CHF 300,000
1991 – 1995: CHF 1,050,000 = 3 prizes of CHF 350,000
1996 – 1998: CHF 1,500,000 = 3 prizes of CHF 500,000
1999 – 2000: CHF 2,000,000 = 4 prizes of CHF 500,000
2001 – 2010: CHF 4,000,000 = 4 prizes of CHF 1,000,000 (*)
from 2011 CHF 3,000,000 = 4 prizes of CHF 750,000 (*)

(*) Half of the amount to be used for research projects nominated by the Prize Winner

The amounts of the six prizes awarded since 1979 for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood Among Peoples were each double the amounts of the other prizes. Since 2014 it amounts to one million Swiss francs.
  • Gisèle Girgis-Musy (Switzerland)
    President Fondation CH2048; Vice-president of the Canton Zurich Cancer League; Board member of the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe; former delegate of the Swiss Federal Council for National Economic Supply; former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Migros cooperatives
  • André Bandi (Switzerland)
    Partner at Survista Financial Advisors AG; Certified Financial Analyst (SFAA); Certified International Wealth Manager CIWM; Member of the Swiss Financial Analyst Association (SFAA)
  • Luisa Bürkler-Giussani (Switzerland)
    Attorney at Law; board member of the Cancer League Canton Zurich; Vice President of the Hirzel-Callegari Foundation; board member of the Swiss Food Bank (Schweizer Tafel)
  • Enrico Decleva (Italy)
    Former Full Professor of Contemporary History; former Rector of  the State University of Milan; former President of the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI)
  • Carlo Fontana (Italy)
    President of Agis (Associazione Generale Italiana dello Spettacolo), former Senator of the Italian Republic; former General Manager of Teatro alla Scala of Milan
  • Arina Kowner (Switzerland)
    Lawyer; cultural entrepreneur: promotion and representation of Russian culture; collector of contemporary Russian art; book „Passion Picture“; member of the Paul Sacher Foundation; formerly responsible for the Migros culture percent; former board member of Pro Helvetia and former member of the Swiss Unesco committee
  • Laura Sadis (Switzerland)
    MA (Economics), Swiss Taxation Expert; member of the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); former member of the Swiss National Council; former State Councillor of the Canton Ticino, head of the Department of Financial and Economic Affairs
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