Top 33 of the World’s Most Forward-thinking Gold Mining Companies

They are headquartered across the world and have mining operations in over 45 countries.

  1. Agnico-Eagle Mines operates mines and exploration activities in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United States. Listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, Agnico-Eagle’s 2016 production was almost 1.6m ounces. Website:
  2. Alamos Gold operates mines and exploration activities in Canada, Mexico, Turkey and the US. Listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, the company was formed from the merger of Alamos Gold and AuRico Gold in 2015. Annual production totalled 392,000 ounces in 2016. Website:
  3. AngloGold Ashanti is the third largest mining company in the world, with 17 gold mines in nine different countries and exploration programmes across the globe. Quoted on the Johannesburg, Australian and New York Stock Exchanges, AngloGold Ashanti produced more than 3.6m ounces of gold in 2016. Website:
  4. Aura is a gold and copper production company focused on the development and operation in the Americas with operations in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico and USA and projects in Brazil and Colombia. Aura Combines fast growth with robust dividend policy and aims to be one of the most trusted, responsible, well respected and results driven mining companies. Website:
  5. Barrick is the largest gold mining company in the world, with a portfolio of 27 operating mines and with advanced exploration and development projects across the globe. Listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, Barrick’s annual production totalled more than 5.5m ounces in 2016. Website:
  6. Compania de Minas Buenaventura is the largest, publicly traded precious metals company in Peru. Engaged in the processing, development and exploration of gold, Buenaventura is quoted on the Lima and New York Stock Exchanges. Directly and through minority stakes, Buenaventura’s annual production was more than 627,000 ounces in 2016. Website:
  7. B2Gold is a low-cost international senior gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 2007, today, B2Gold has three operating gold mines and numerous development and exploration projects in various countries including Mali, the Philippines, Namibia, Colombia, Finland and Uzbekistan. Website:
  8. Calibre Mining is a Canadian-listed gold mining and exploration company with two 100%- owned operating gold mines in Nicaragua. The Company is focused on sustainable operating performance and a disciplined approach to growth. Website:
  9. Centerra is a gold mining and exploration company engaged in the operation, exploration, development and acquisition of gold properties in Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Turkey and several other markets across the world. Quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Centerra produced almost 600,000 ounces of gold in 2016. Website:
  10. China National Gold Corporation (China Gold) is the largest producer of gold in China. Involved in exploration, development and production, China Gold also refines and processes gold, including the manufacture of gold bars for investment. China Gold’s president Song Xin, also chairs the China Gold Association. Website:
  11. Eldorado Gold is engaged in operating mines and development and exploration programmes in Brazil, China, Greece, Romania and Turkey. Quoted on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, Eldorado produced more than 485,000 ounces of gold in 2016. Website:
  12. Endeavour Mining Corporation is an intermediate gold producer with a track record of operational excellence, project development and exploration in the Birimian greenstone belt in West Africa. Endeavour operates 4 mines across Côte d’Ivoire (Agbaou and Ity) and Burkina Faso (Houndé, Karma) which are expected to produce 615-695koz in 2019 at an AISC of $760-810/oz. Website:
  13. Equinox Gold is growth-focused gold producer that operates entirely in the Americas, with a portfolio of producing mines and expansion projects in the United States, Mexico and Brazil. Website:
  14. Franco-Nevada Corporation is a gold-focused royalty company with additional interests in platinum metals, oil and gas and other assets. Quoted on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, Franco-Nevada has one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of cash-flow producing assets in the royalty sector. Website:
  15. Golden Star Resources has two operating mines and gold exploration interests in Ghana, West Africa. It also has gold exploration interests in other parts of West Africa and in Brazil. Quoted on the New York Stock Exchange, its 2016 production was almost 195,000 ounces. Website:
  16. Hummingbird Resources engages in the exploration, evaluation and development of mineral properties in West Africa with a primary focus on gold. Founded in 2005, Hummingbird listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2010. The company currently has two operations, Yanfolila, a high grade, producing mine in south west Mali; and Dugbe, a large undeveloped gold deposit in Liberia. Website:
  17. IAMGOLD has four operational gold mines in North and South America and West Africa. It is also involved in development and exploration and seeks to grow through acquisition. Listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, IAMGOLD produced more than 810,000 ounces of gold in 2016. Website:
  18. Kinross Gold is a gold mining company with mines and projects in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Ghana, Mauritania, Russia and the US. Quoted on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, the company employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide and produced more than 2.7m ounces of gold in 2016. Website:
  19. Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX:KL; NYSE:KL; ASX:KLA) is a mid-tier gold producer with record production of 596,405 ounces of gold in 2017 from mines in Canada and Australia. The Company's operations are anchored by two high-grade, low-cost operations, Macassa in Northeastern Ontario and Fosterville in Victoria, Australia. Together, these two mines accounted for over three quarters of the Company's total 2017 production. In 2018, the Company is targeting total production of over 620,000 ounces with improved unit costs and increased investment in support of the Company's longer-term objective of reaching a million ounces of annual gold production from existing mines within 5 to 7 years. The Company has a large base of mineral reserves and mineral resources and extensive exploration potential close to existing infrastructure. The Company benefits from a strong balance sheet and a business portfolio that generates significant free cash flow, which provide a solid foundation as the Company moves forward with its aggressive growth plans in support of increased shareholder value. Website:
  20. Newcrest is one of the world’s largest gold mining companies. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Newcrest owns and operates a portfolio of mines in Australia, Canada, and Papua New Guinea. Newcrest is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and the Port Moresby Stock Exchange (POMSoX). Website:
  21. Newmont is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company’s world-class portfolio of assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and is widely recognized for its principled environmental, social and governance practices. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by robust safety standards, superior execution and technical proficiency. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925. Website:
  22. OceanaGold is a global gold mining company with a strong presence in the Philippines, New Zealand and the US. Quoted on the Toronto and Australian Stock Exchanges, OceanaGold produced more than 416,000 ounces of gold in 2016. Website:
  23. Pretivm is a high-grade gold producer located at the Brucejack Mine in north-western British Columbia, approximately 65 kilometres north of Stewart, Canada. In 2018, Pretivm produced 376,012 oz of gold and has received amended permits to increase production by 40% to 3,800 tonnes per day. Website:
  24. Resolute is a gold producer with over 25 years’ experience of continuous gold production, exploration, development and innovation. Resolute currently operates mines in Mali, West Africa and Queensland, Australia, and is one of the largest gold producers listed on the Australian Securities Exchange Website:
  25. Royal Gold is engaged in the acquisition, and management of precious metals royalties. Quoted on Nasdaq, Royal Gold’s portfolio includes 38 producing and 22 development-stage royalties or similar interests. Website:
  26. Sandstorm Gold Royalties is a growth company providing financing for precious metal mining companies in the form of royalty transactions. An upfront payment to companies in need of capital gives Sandstorm the right to a percentage of mine production. Sandstorm’s growing portfolio of over 200 royalties consists of a stable base of cash-flowing assets providing significant upside for investors. Website:
  27. Shandong Gold Group was established in 1996 and converted in 2015 into a state-owned capital investment company directly under Provincial Government. As a large state-owned enterprise, the Group takes the lead in China’s gold industry in terms of gold output, resource reserve, economic benefits, scientific and technological level and talent advantages. Website:
  28. Shandong Zhaojin Group undertakes gold mining and related activities, including the largest gold smelter in China. Zhaojin Mining Co., Ltd., a subsidiary has been listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange since 2006. In 2019, the Group Company achieved sales revenue of RMB65.7 billion yuan, with a focus on safe and environmentally-friendly production. Zhaojin has been listed as one of China’s top 500 enterprises. Website:
  29. Sibanye-Stillwater is a global precious metal mining group, producing a unique mix of metals that includes gold and the platinum group metals (PGMs). Domiciled in South Africa, and quoted on the New York and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges, Sibanye-Stillwater is the third largest producer of palladium and platinum and features among the world’s top ten gold producing companies. Website:
  30. Torex Gold Resources Inc. is an intermediate gold producer based in Canada, engaged in the exploration, development and operation of its 100% owned Morelos Gold Property in the highly prospective Guerrero Gold Belt in Mexico. Listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:TXG), Torex is currently the second-largest gold producer in Mexico. Website:
  31. Wheaton Precious Metals is the largest precious metals streaming company in the world. Website:
  32. Yamana Gold is a gold producer with significant gold production, development, exploration activities and land positions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Quoted on the Toronto Stock and New York Stock Exchanges, Yamana produced approximately 1.27m ounces of gold in 2016. Website:
  33. Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd. is a multinational mining group principally engaged in the exploration and mining of gold, copper and other mineral resources. The company has a dual listing in Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange. Zijin Mining ranked 778th in the list of “Forbes Global 2000” in 2020, of which 3rd among global gold corporations. Zijin Mining has gold resource reserves of more than 2,300 tonnes. Website: