2012 Mining Billionaires Mining News

Former Aussie coal magnate Nathan Tinkler officially bankrupt

Once Australia's youngest billionaire, the electrician turned coal baron has failed to pay off his private jet and other debts and is now officially ruined.

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights: Meet mining's 40 richest billionaires

MINING.com counts more than 90 billionaires involved in minerals, metals and mining on the planet with a combined wealth of well over $300 billion.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #1 Eike Batista

Brazil's Eike Batista is the world of mining's top entrepreneur with a net worth of $32 billion.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #2 Gina Rinehart

Australia's ruler of iron ore, coal and the family trust

2012 Mining Billionaires: #3 Lakshmi Mittal

Mining’s biggest loser Lakshmi Mittal is down to his last $17 billion

2012 Mining Billionaires: #4 Iris Fontbona

Chile's copper widow Iris Fontbona

2012 Mining Billionaires: #5 Alisher Usmanov, #6 Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez

Russian metal king turned Twitter, Facebook fiend and hated soccer investor & Mexico's silver tycoon

2012 Mining Billionaires: #7 Rinat Akhmetov, #8 Vladimir Lisin, #9 Alexei Mordashov, #10 Vladimir Potanin

A trio of Russian metal oligarchs and Ukraine’s controller of coal.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #11 German Larrea Mota Velasco

The lesser-spotted Mexican copper magnate.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #12 Mikhail Prokhorov

Russia's Eminem, presidential candidate, Snob, jet-ski champion and lazy home buyer.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #13 Antonio Ermirio de Moraes

From the Colorado School of mines to running a $17.6 billion conglomerate.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #14 Roman Abramovich

After record-breaking divorce settlement he has to deal with a new $6.8 billion suit.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #15 Savitri Jindal #16 Andrey Melnichenko

India’s steel family & Russia’s youngest billionaire and self made coal king.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #17 Dmitry Rybolovlev, #18 Oleg Deripaska, #19 Iskander Makhmudov

Three ex-Soviet tycoons into copper, potash and nickel make it big, very big.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #20 Ivan Glasenberg, #21 Nicky Oppenheimer and family, #22 Beny Steinmetz

One South African family bows out as another steps into spotlight. And the second of three diamond billionaires on the list.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #23 Andrew Forrest, #24 Sergei Popov, #25 Viktor Rashnikov

Twiggy and his binding Chinese contracts and two Russians experiencing a very bad year.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #26 Alexander Abramov, #27 Gautam Adani, #28 Dennis Washington

A Russian scientist ditches the lab for mines. An Indian diamond dealer building coal ports. And a small Montana copper mine leads to a private island.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #29 Andrei Skoch, #30 Low Tuck Kwong

Russia’s richest member of parliament & the wealthiest of Indonesia’s three coal billionaires.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #31 Anil Agarwal, #32 Andrei Guriev, #33 Vladimir Kim

From scrap metal trader to a $1 billion university in your name & The Soviet era’s ultimate mine turnaround story

2012 Mining Billionaires: #34 Vasily Anisimov, #35 Alexander Nesis, #36 Igor Zyuzin, #37 Patokh Chodiev, #38 Alijan Ibragimov, #39 Alexander Machkevich, #40 Daniel Mate, #41 Aristotelis Mistakidis

A batch of Glencore billionaires and an unlikely threesome who together built an Eurasian copper giant.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #42 – #87 Chen Fashu to Roberto Ongpin

The last of the mining billionaires.