Charles E. Fipke
Fipke, called, "Stumpy" and "Captain Chaos" by employees, had made finding diamonds in the north of Canada his singular goal since their discovery in late 1970s. A joint venture between Fipke's Dia Met Minerals and BHP-Utah in the 1980s and 1990s culminated in the establishment of Canada's first diamond mine, Ekati Diamond Mine, in 1998. Fipke and partner Stu Blusson each own 10% of Ekati.
Fipke was divorced by his wife Marlene, who had been with him since he began searching for the diamonds. This divorce at the time was Canada's largest divorce settlement with her portion of the assets estimated to be approximately C$123.1 million.
Fipke breeds and races Thoroughbred racehorses. Tale of Ekati, named for his diamond mine, is his most successful horse. His horse Golden Soul, which was a longshot in the 2013 Kentucky Derby, finished second and had a payout more than three times higher than the winner Orb (38.60 vs. 12.80).
Fipke's history is a significant portion of the plot line in the book "Bones are Forever" by Kathy Reichs. The book is also the inspiration for the long-running United States television series "Bones".
Honors and Awards
- The Northern Miner's Mining Man of the Year 1992.
- PDAC's Prospector of the Year 1992.
- Robert M. Dreyer Award (2005).
- Inducted in to the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (2013).
- Doug Ashbury (2000-02-28). "Diamond divorce". Northern News Services. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
As a result of a divorce settlement, Mrs. Fipke, wife of geologist Chuck Fipke, will control about 21 per cent of Kelowna-based Dia Met Minerals. As of Thursday morning, the stake was worth $123.1 million.
- Charles E. Fipke Foundation Gives $6 Million
- Kevin Krajick, Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic. 2001, Freeman/Henry Holt, ISBN 0-7167-4026-5. Review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 12, 2002) at Smithsonian Magazine
- Kathy Reichs, Bones are Forever 2012, Scribner, ISBN 978-1-4391-0243-5.
- Vernon Frolick, "Fire Into Ice: Charles Fipke and The Great Diamond Hunt" 2000, Raincoast Books, ISBN 1551923343, and ISBN 9781551923345.
- LD Cross, "Treasure Under the Tundra: Canada’s Arctic Diamonds" 2011, Heritage House Publishing Co, ISBN 1926936108, and ISBN 9781926936109.