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The following is a list of the most effective management teams in the gold industry, as defined by the return on assets, return on equity and return on invested capital ratios.

To develop the list, we only focused on management teams that have outperformed their competitors on all three ratios over the past 5 years.

If you're looking for a starting point, this list of top management teams might be an interesting source for ideas.

Management data and industry comps sourced from Reuters. Full analysis below.

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1. Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (NYSE:BVN): Market cap of $12.32B. 5-year average return on assets at 22.69% vs. industry average at 6.73%. 5-year average return on investments at 26.97% vs. industry average at 8.13%. 5-year return on equity at 26.40% vs. industry average at 11.38%. Short float at 1.01%, which implies a short ratio of 1.69 days. The stock has gained 48.57% over the last year.

2. Central GoldTrust (NYSEMKT:GTU): Market cap of $876.79M. 5-year average return on assets at 21.15% vs. industry average at 6.73%. 5-year average return on investments at 21.18% vs. industry average at 8.13%. 5-year return on equity at 21.18% vs. industry average at 11.38%. Short float at 0.01%, which implies a short ratio of 0.03 days. The stock has gained 20.37% over the last year.

3. Capital Gold Corp. (CGC-OLD): Market cap of $312.12M. 5-year average return on assets at 9.29% vs. industry average at 6.73%. 5-year average return on investments at 11.36% vs. industry average at 8.13%. 5-year return on equity at 14.59% vs. industry average at 11.38%. Short float at 3.05%, which implies a short ratio of 2.56 days. The stock has gained 35.37% over the last year.

Source: The Gold Industry's 3 Best Management Teams