Top 10 Oil & Gas Companies: Royal Dutch Shell

Sumit Dutta

The super major more commonly known as Shell was founded in 1907 following the merger of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and the "Shell" Transport and Trading Company Ltd of the United Kingdom.

Thanks to its distinctive logo and subsidiary Shell Oil Company’s many service stations, Shell is one of the most well known oil and gas companies in the world. The Shell name and logo is tied to the "Shell" Transport and Trading Company - it’s founder’s father having originally created a business selling sea shells to collectors.

An Anglo-Dutch company, Royal Dutch Shell's revenue is equivalent to 84% of the Netherlands's GDP at the time.

In 2012 Shell was took the top spot as the biggest company on the FTSE, with a 140.9 billion market capitalisation. The company also topped Fortune 500’s Global 500 – their annual ranking of the world’s largest corporations.

In 2013, Shell announced that current CEO Peter Voser will retire from the company in 2014

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Barrels Per Day 3.9 million
Founded 1907
Headquarters The Hague, Netherlands
State Owned? No
CEO Peter Voser
Revenue US$ 467.153 billion (2012)
Employees 87,000 (2012)

Shell was the first company in the Netherlands to purchase and use an electronic computer


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