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The global rout in commodities prices has left Trafigura, one of the world’s biggest commodities traders, none the worse for wear. In 2015, the privately held company notched $1.1 billion of profit, a 6.4% increase compared to 2014, according to it most recent annual report. Co-founded in 1993 by Claude Dauphin, it trades oil and petroleum, as well as metals and minerals. Oil is its mainstay, however, and it moves 3 million barrels a day, worth nearly 3 percent of the world’s total oil production annually. Trafigura has not been without controversy. Dauphin, a former metals trader for Marc Rich + Co, spent nearly six months in an Ivory Coast prison between 2006 and 2007, for a dispute over the company’s dumping of toxic waste in that country. In 2014 Dauphin stepped down from his role as CEO, following a lung cancer diagnosis, and was replaced by company insider Jeremy Weir. Dauphin died in late 2015 at age 64.

Company Information

Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards. Figures are for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2015. Reorganized and became the main consolidating entity for the group and changed name from Trafigura Beheer, Sept. 30, 2015.
Jeremy Weir
HQ Location
Singapore, Singapore
Years on Global 500 List2

Trafigura Group Rank History


Key Financials (last fiscal year)

($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$97,237-23.8%
Profits ($M)$1,23618.9%
Assets ($M)$39,087-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$5,601-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues1.3%
Profits as % of Assets3.2%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity22.1%