Over a third of them are London-based
Using data from Bloomberg and Forbes’ long-running global rich list, MINING.com has come up with more than 90 billionaires involved in minerals, metals and mining.
The website points out that some of those included on one list aren’t included on the second. However, while the criteria may differ between them, two striking facts emerge from the available evidence. First is the remarkable advance over the past decade into the highest echelons of the industry’s “leadership” by Russian and eastern European mining magnates.
Second is the prominence of men (there are only two women among the contenders) who have listed their operations primarily on the London Stock Exchange, or who have taken up residence in the UK capital.
Fifteen among the top forty billionaires fall into these categories, namely: Mittal, Usmanov, Abramovich, Deripaska, Prokhorov, Rybolovlev, Glasenberg, Oppenheimer, Rashnikov, Abramov, Agarwal, Kim, Chodiev, Ibragimov and Machkevich.