Founder and Executive Co-Chairman, Ivanhoe Mining Ltd.
2021 American Mining Hall of Fame Inductee
Robert Friedland was born in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of three children born to immigrant parents Ilona and Albert Friedland. Friedland's father survived three years in Auschwitz while his mother worked as a forced laborer during the Holocaust. He graduated in 1974 from Reed College, Oregon, with a political science degree. Friedland was student body president during his senior year.
For more than 30 years, Friedland has been recognized by leaders of the international financial sector and mineral resource industries as an entrepreneurial explorer, technology innovator and company builder. He has a knack for hurdling seemingly insurmountable challenges to turn dreams into reality.
He is Founder and Executive Co-Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines and is hands down the best promoter in the mining industry. Friedland's legendary abilities as a presenter are well known as he highlights the fact that that the world needs vast quantities of copper making this story compellingly relevant in a post-COVID world where adoption of clean-focused technology such as electric cars is expected to see copper demand surge.
In 1996, Mr. Friedland, then Co-Chairman of Diamond Fields Resources, was named Developer of the Year by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) for his work in establishing and financing companies engaged in mineral exploration and development around the world – a recognition, in part, of his leadership role in the development of the Voisey Bay nickel mine.
Mr. Friedland received the Dealmaker of the Year Award for the original Ivanhoe Mines from Australia's Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum in August 2011, which acknowledged his success in "managing some of the more interesting asset development logistics our industry has seen for many years".
In March 2012, Mr. Friedland was recognized as Mining Personality of the Year at the inaugural Asia Mining Awards, sponsored by the Hong Kong-based Asia Mining Club and the Mines & Money conference. The award noted his role in Mongolia's emergence as a major destination for mining investment. Ivanhoe Mines' Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining complex was voted Project Development of the Year.
Friedland was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in January 2016, honoring him as “a dynamic, transformative force in the Canadian and international mining industries” and “one of the most recognized mining personalities and achievers in the world”.
Mr. Friedland holds United States and Canadian citizenships and resides in Singapore. He is married to Darlene, and they have three children. His son, Govind Friedland, is a geologist.