2019 global list of leading mining companies based on revenue

This statistic shows the 2019 ranking of the ten leading global mining companies based on revenue. The values are based on the 2019 Financial Times Equity list of the leading global companies. Mining company BHP Billiton was ranked second with a revenue of approximately 43.6 billion U.S. dollars. Originally headquartered in Australia, BHP Billiton’s revenue has recovered as of 2018 from a slump in revenues in 2016 and 2017. Their primary focus is on metals and mining.

Top 10 mining companies worldwide based on revenue

The mining industry exists on a global scale. London houses some of the most prominent mining companies, including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto Group. Coal and nonmetal minerals dominate the U.S. mining industry, while China controls most of the world’s rare earth minerals. Oil and gas extraction remains one of the most economically important sectors within mining operations (although oil and gas is often viewed as a separate industry). Based on market capitalization as of July 2019, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and China Shenhua Energy were the leading three mining companies in the world. Rio Tinto deals primarily with aluminum, iron ore, copper, uranium, coal, and diamonds.

Volatile prices of commodity minerals impact the profitability and propensity of the mining industry. Oil and gas extraction is still considered one of the most important types of mining operation. Smaller companies and individuals are typically involved in the exploration aspects of the industry. Large companies, such as the top mining companies in the world, tend to focus on mining production and operations to generate profit.

2019 ranking of the leading mining companies worldwide based on revenue

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2018 and 2019

Supplementary notes

Ranking compiled in 2019 based on latest available revenue.

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