Glencore: the most powerful company you’ve never heard of

Meet Glencore, a global commodities trading powerhouse in an age of high food prices. How did it avoid scrutiny for so long?

Boston — If it were listed on the U.S. stock exchange, Glencore would be valued among the top 50, alongside names like Visa, 3M and Home Depot. With $145 billion in 2010 revenues, Glencore would have ranked sixth on the Fortune 500 list, ahead of AT&T, Ford and ConocoPhilips.

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