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What’s Your Gold Story: Ian Cockerill

Ian Cockerill is a British-born geologist, mining engineer and former president and CEO of Gold Fields Ltd, as well as holding senior executiv...

19 August 2021

Glint

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Ian Cockerill is a British-born geologist, mining engineer and former president and CEO of Gold Fields Ltd, as well as holding senior executive roles with Anglo American plc. He is currently non-executive chairman of Polymetal, the FTSE 100 listed Russian gold producer and a non-executive director of BHP Ltd.

“I guess my real introduction to gold started back in the 1970s when I was studying geology at the University of London. Having the star sign of Leo, it’s hardly surprising I was intrigued by the yellow metal, but it was during the 70s, when Nixon made the fateful announcement of decoupling the dollar from Gold. In all honesty, at the time, I had no clue this was such a momentous call but reading the papers then maybe I had a subconscious inkling it was going to become really big news.

My fascination with gold led to a lifetime career in the mining business, covering a variety of minerals and metals, but predominantly focused on gold. I’m no ‘Flat earth, Montana revivalist’ when it comes to gold but I appreciate its enduring characteristics, its physical beauty, and its historic value as a store of wealth. Whilst it faces increasing competition from the likes of cryptocurrencies, there’s no doubt gold should form an important part of anyone’s long-term investment portfolio and with the help of Glint, it’s going to transform a once “barbarous relic” into an important component of the day-to-day monetary system”.

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