We consider closed hypersurfaces which shrink self-similarly under a natural class of fully nonlinear curvature flows. For those flows in our class with speeds homogeneous of degree 1 and either convex or concave, we show that the only such hypersurfaces are shrinking spheres. In the setting of convex hypersurfaces, we show under a weaker second derivative condition on the speed that again only shrinking spheres are possible. For surfaces this result is extended in some cases by a different method to speeds of homogeneity greater than 1. Finally we show that self-similar hypersurfaces with sufficiently pinched principal curvatures, depending on the flow speed, are again necessarily spheres. �� 2009.