The 10 Biggest Energy Companies in the World

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The 10 largest energy companies in the world are all oil and gas concerns. They also help us draw a map of global power: Three are American, three are Russian, two are Chinese, one is French, and one is British.

This is according to the annual Platts Top 250 list, which ranks the world's energy businesses.

It's worth noticing the scale of these companies. All generate more than $100 billion per year in revenue. Google had revenue of $8.4 billion in 2010. Microsoft generated $62.5 billion in the same year.

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Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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