Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Illustration by Luis Grañena A little over a year ago, Robert M. Friedland, the eccentric founder of Ivanhoe Mines, sat down in his Singapore home to record the keynote address for the Association for Mineral Exploration’s annual roundup, a fixture of the Canadian mining industry calendar. With his top button undone and his sleeves rolled up, the billionaire serial entrepreneur was in a decidedly good mood. “You’re going to be able to make more money in the next few years than you were able to do in the past,” he told his virtual audience of industry peers. As Friedland meandered through various topics — including how mining isn’t just an “enterprise for old white guys from Canada” anymore and his determination that finding metal deep underground is “better than sex” — he kept circling back to the promise that very good things were in store for the mining industry. The renewable energy transition won’t be achieved, he said, without the critical mSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.