10 top global commodity trading firms: Smart money or bad boys?

The smart money typically are the men behind the curtain. Who are they and what do they do?


2012 revenues: $60.9 billion 

2011 revenues: $58.7 billion

CEO: Soren Schroder 

Executive Chairman: Alberto Weisser 

Founded: 1818 by Johann Peter Gottlieb Bunge in Amsterdam 

Headquarters: White Plains, N.Y.  

Focus: Oilseeds and grains, produces sugar and ethanol, mills wheat and corn to make ingredients used by food companies and sells fertilizer in North and South America. Clearing member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CME Group). 

Bad behavior: Recently five top executives at its India unit resigned during an internal audit into possible financial irregularities. Also has been accused of deforesting the Brazilian rain forest. In 2011, Bunge was fined $550,000 by the CFTC for a 2009 pre-opening trade that were fishing for prices and not "true and bona fide" trades.

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