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Rio Tinto is an Anglo-Australian multinational and one of the world's largest metals and mining corporations. The company was founded in 1873, when a multinational consortium of investors purchased a mine complex on the Rio Tinto, in Huelva, Spain, from the Spanish government. Since then, the company has grown through a long series of mergers and acquisitions to place itself among the world leaders in the production of many commodities, including aluminium, iron ore, copper, uranium, and diamonds. Although primarily focused on extraction of minerals, Rio Tinto also has significant operations in refining, particularly for refining bauxite and iron ore. The company has operations on six continents, but is mainly concentrated in Australia and Canada, and owns its mining operations through a complex web of wholly and partly owned subsidiaries. Rio Tinto has joint head offices in London and Melbourne.
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  • Formation 

  • Operating history 

  • Early acquisitions 

  • Merger with Consolidated Zinc 

  • Recent mergers, acquisitions, and events 

  • Subsidiaries 

  • Corporate status 

  • Stock structure and ownership 

  • BHP Billiton bid 

  • Chinalco investment 

  • Management 

  • Operations 

  • Copper and byproducts: Rio Tinto Copper 

  • Aluminium 

  • Uranium: Rio Tinto Energy 

  • Diamonds: Rio Tinto Diamonds 

  • Industrial minerals: Rio Tinto Minerals 

  • Iron products and titanium: Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium 

  • Involvement with Axis powers in World War II 

  • African Iron Ore 

  • Mental health 

  • Juukan Gorge 

  • Mining 

  • Carbon dioxide emissions 

  • Labour and human rights 

  • In China 

  • In Guinea 

  • SEC Investigation