Who are the large players in the energy industry?

Where would the world be without energy? You certainly would not be reading this article right now. From the production and supply of electricity to jet fuel and heating oil, our lives depend on energy. So too, do we depend on the companies that are responsible for supplying and providing that energy. When we think of an energy company we often include our utility company, but also the gas station and perhaps even the oil companies. The latter companies are known the world over because of their sheer size and the exposure they have in providing us with that crucial element; energy.

Below we take a look at some of the largest names in energy production, that is to say companies that are active in the he production and sale of energy, including fuel extraction, manufacturing, refining and distribution. The ranking has taken place based on market capital for these publicly traded companies. Most large energy companies are public in order to compete and thrive in the energy economy. That’s not to say that there are many larger, small energy companies that are still privately held; but the below list counts the giants.

Exxon Mobil

Based in the US and known for its Exxon, Mobil and Esso brands around the world, this energy behemoth is based in Irving Texas and generates more revenue than any other publicly held corporation in the world.

Royal Dutch Shell

The 6th largest company in the world by revenue, Royal Dutch Shell is an Anglo-Dutch corporation which was formed by the joining of Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Shell Transport and Trading Company. Headquartered in The Hague, the company’s registered office is in London.


A US company takes spot 3 on the list, with chevron beating out France’s Total and Britain’s BP, though this is a highly contested spot. Headquartered in California, the company is one of the successor companies to Standard Oil, and is active in more than 180 countries and known aborad largely by the Texaco brand.