Robert Friedland
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

For more than 30 years, international financier Robert Friedland has been recognized by leaders of the international financial sector and mineral resource industries as an entrepreneurial explorer, technology innovator and company builder.

Mr. Friedland co-founded I-Pulse in 2007 to develop revolutionary commercial applications for pulsed power technologies across industries including mining and manufacturing to aid the global energy transition from fossil fuels to greener, renewable power sources.

Mr. Friedland leads Ivanhoe Capital, his family’s private company, which has specialized in the provision of venture capital, project financing and related financial services for a roster of international business enterprises since its founding in 1987. The company provided the founding venture capital for U.S.-based Sirius Satellite Radio, which went on to build SiriusXM into the world’s largest radio company. Other businesses associated with Ivanhoe Capital include Ivanhoe Mines, Ivanhoe Electric, Pure Lithium and VRB Energy.

Mr. Friedland is the Founder and Executive Co-Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines, an emerging major mining company advancing its three principal projects in Southern Africa, including the world’s greenest and fastest-growing copper producer at the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and, Executive Chairman of Ivanhoe Electric, a United States-based company that combines advanced mineral exploration technologies with electric metals exploration projects predominantly located in the U.S. He founded Turquoise Hill Resources (formerly Ivanhoe Mines), a Canadian public company recognized for the tier-one Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold discovery in Mongolia. Rio Tinto acquired full ownership of the company in 2022.

Mr. Friedland’s long list of accolades include induction into the American Mining Hall of Fame and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canadian Mining Media Group Northern Miner. He was recognized as Mining Personality of the Year at the inaugural Asia Mining Awards in 2012. Mongolia’s president presented Friedland with the Order of the Polar Star in 2023 in recognition of his leadership role in the discovery and development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold complex, one of the largest known copper and gold deposits in the world.

Mr. Friedland graduated from Reed College, in Oregon, USA, in 1974 with an undergraduate degree in political science.