Mark Bristow (businessman)

Dennis Mark Bristow is a South African businessman, the President and CEO at Barrick Gold Corporation.[1] He was previously the Founder and CEO at Randgold Resources,[2] which was purchased by Barrick in 2018.[3]

Mark Bristow
Dennis Mark Bristow

(1959-01-07) 7 January 1959 (age 64)
Estcourt, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
EducationEstcourt High School
University of Natal
Years active1990–present
TitleCEO, Barrick Gold

Early lifeEdit

Born in Estcourt, South Africa, Bristow attended Estcourt High School and then graduated from the University of Natal with BSc and PhD degrees in geology. In the 1970s, he served as an officer in the South African Army and saw active service against guerrillas in Swaziland and Angola.[4]


Bristow joined Rand Mines in 1981 and then became head of exploration at Randgold & Exploration. In 1995 he created Randgold Resources and listed it on the London Stock Exchange in 1997.[5] In 2018, Barrick agreed to buy Randgold in an all-stock deal for US$6.5 billion, creating the world's largest gold producer.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married with two sons, and has homes in London, the United States, South Africa, and Mauritius.[7]


  1. ^ Hume, Neil (28 January 2020). "Barrick is up 76% under Mark Bristow's watch — that even beats gold's meteoric rise". Financial Times.
  2. ^ McGee, Niall; Younglai, Rachelle (3 October 2018). "From Palm Beach to Congo: How the Barrick-Randgold deal came together". The Globe & Mail.
  3. ^ Patterson, Scott; McNish, Jacquie (24 September 2018). "Gold Giant Barrick Agrees to Buy Rival Randgold for $6 Billion". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ Wachman, Richard (6 May 2011). "Mark Bristow: the man least likely to suffer when gold loses its lustre". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Sanderson, Henry; Hume, Neil (1 March 2019). "Barrick Gold chief sets sights on conquering mining world". Financial Times.
  6. ^ Shabalala, Zandi; Varghese, Justin George; Denina, Clara (24 September 2018). "Canada's Barrick Gold to buy Randgold for $6.5 billion". Reuters.
  7. ^ Fisher, Daniel (5 June 2013). "Randgold's Restless Prospector Plans To Survive The Gold Crunch". Forbes.