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Colin Bird

Colin Bird
Based in Dubai, London
Active in South Africa, Zambia
Targeted base metals, precious metals

Known as "Bird Watchers" (or so says mining doyen, Ken Gooding) those who have followed UK-born Colin Bird over the past 30 years seem pleased with his remarkable ability to have identified and promoted a number of promising mining companies, specifically in southern Africa (though he also spent two years in Saudi Arabia, managing Petromin's copper-gold projects there)[MJ 28 October 2011].

Bird has been the managing director of Lion Mining Finance, a mining promotion outfit, and in 2010 he became CEO of Tiger Resource Finance plc (see Tiger Capital Management's Tiger Resource Financing.

A decade ago he also set up, and managed, Resource Development Corp, in London a decade ago - a firm which went on to acquire platinum assets in Madagascar and South Africa, and is now known as Jubilee Platinum. in October 2011, Jubilee received a US$9.2 million cash offer from an unidenbitified mining company, for a portion of Jubilee's Tjate project in South Africa's Bushveld region [MJ 7 October 2011].

Later, Bird launched Zambian copper explorer, Kiwara plc (which listed on AIM in August 2007),and became its biggest shareholder. In late 2009, he collected around £18 million in cash (and more than 407,000 of its shares) when Kiwara was taken over by First Quantum [MJ 28 October 2011].

Most recently, Bird caught another early worm, when he set up Galileo Resources plc, active in South Africa, of which he is both chairman and chief executive and its main (62.5%) shareholder [MJ ibid].