Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of
Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world's largest
organizations of independent audit, tax, and advisory firms. Grant
Thornton, which has revenues in excess of $1.6 billion and operates
59 offices, works with a broad range of publicly and privately held
companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic
and religious organizations. The company's "bring your whole self
to work" philosophy stresses diversity and a culture of flexibility
and empowerment among its staff.
Alexander Richardson Grant, the namesake of the firm, began his
accounting career at Ernst & Ernst (a predecessor of Ernst
& Young), but, at 26, decided it was time to be his own boss
and opened Alexander Grant & Co. in 1924. The company
eventually became Grant Thornton in its current form, and seeded
the creation of Grant Thornton International in 1980 when 50
international accounting firms formed a global organization.