2012 Mining Billionaires

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

Frik Els | April 16, 2012
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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

Frik Els | April 15, 2012
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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

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Australian billionaires no match for Gina Rinehart

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

2012 Mining Billionaires: #3 Lakshmi Mittal

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

2012 Mining Billionaires: #4 Iris Fontbona

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Chile's copper widow Iris Fontbona

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

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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

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

2012 Mining Billionaires: #11 German Larrea Mota Velasco

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The lesser-spotted Mexican copper magnate.

2012 Mining Billionaires: #12 Mikhail Prokhorov

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Mikhail Prokhorov buys Mercator Minerals

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

2012 Mining Billionaires: #13 Antonio Ermirio de Moraes

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

2012 Mining Billionaires: #14 Roman Abramovich

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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

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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

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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

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Ivan Glasenberg: 'obscure billionaire no more'

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Frik Els | April 15, 2012
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The last of the mining billionaires.