Robert Friedland

Robert Friedland

Formal First Name
8/18/1950 - present

Robert Friedland is the Founder and Executive Co-Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines. He is a world-renowned financier, entrepreneurial explorer, and innovator with over 25 years of experience in natural resources and technology ventures. Friedland has successfully built an impressive portfolio of companies whose initiatives have led to some of the world’s most significant mineral discoveries and mine developments. His companies also had significant contributions to disruptive technologies as well as economic growth in established and emerging markets in the Asia Pacific Region, Southern Africa, and the Americas.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Friedland holds both the United States and Canadian citizenships. 
  • He is praised for finding profitable mines in remote areas like Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia.


  • Chairman and Co-Founder of I-Pulse
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of High Power Exploration
  • Co-Founder and a Director of Kietta
  • Co-Founder and a Director of Ivanhoe Industries
  • Co-Chairman of Clean TeQ
  • Co-Chairman, SK Global Entertainment
  • Co-Founder and Chairman of Ivanhoe Pictures
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Gold X
  • Founding Director of the Center on an Aging Society
  • Board Member of the National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Board Member of the Long-Term Care Education Foundation
  • Board Member of the Editorial Board of Aging Today



  • Investor Envoy of the Year  by the Mongolian Government's Foreign Investment and Foreign Trade Agency in 2002 and 2003
  • Canada's Super Seven Dynamos by the Northern Miner in 2009 
  • Dealmaker of the Year Award from Australia's Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum in August 2011
  • Top 20 Most Influential People by the Mining Journal 2015 and 2016
  • Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2016
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by the Northern Miner in May 2017