GlobalData’s Mining Intelligence Center tracks over 9,000 mining companies across the world, their mines and projects, commodity production and financial performance. In this whitepaper we rank the top 100 miners based on their 2021 revenue and compare commodity production for the leading coal, iron ore, copper and gold miners for 2020 and 2021.
Total revenues from the top 100 mining companies increased by nearly $394bn to over $1.3tn in 2021 – a 41.1% increase. The strong recovery is linked to the economic and operational improvements post-COVID-19, with increased commodity production, as well as higher commodity prices. On average in 2021, compared with 2020, the thermal coal price was up by 128%, coking coal by 86%, copper by 51% and iron ore by 48%. Only the gold price did not increase significantly, up by just 2% after a sizeable increase in 2020.
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