Facts: Vitol and Glencore were among dozens of firms accused of paying kickbacks to Iraq in 2005 by a commission that probed the United Nation's Oil for Food programme. It holds large stakes in publicly listed firms such as Xstrata.
2010 global sales: 8bn Chief executive: Greg Page Founded: 1865 by William Wallace Cargill at the end of the US Civil War with one grain storage silo in Iowa. Staff numbers: 131,000 Involved in: agribusiness, energy trading, meat and food ingredient applications, biofuels production, animal nutrition products, and industrial products such as steel and salt.
Other: Family firm run by the conservative-activist Koch brothers, David and Charles (executive VP).
Assets include: storage tanks, exploration and production in the Philippines, Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, and the Fujairah refinery in the United Arab Emirates. Net income: .8bn Chief executive: Ivan Glasenberg Founded: 1974 by Marc Rich as Marc Rich & Co. Staff numbers: 2,700 Focuses on: metals and minerals, energy and agricultural products.
Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, 63, seems to have a new young girlfriend, now that his old girlfriend is a mother of three.
My Russian sources say he is dating Alisa Kharcheva, 23, who posed as “Miss April” in an erotic calendar dedicated to Putin’s birthday in 2010 shortly after she graduated from high school.
Chard is the fourth guy to be introduced as new date for Yap.
Chard used to be overweight but has now shed pounds after being active in running.
Miss Roussel Onassis, 20, is the sole heiress to the fortune of her late grandfather, Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.