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5 - Royal Dutch Shell

A Shell gas station in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. Miguel Candela—SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Rising oil and gas prices and output boosted Shell’s revenues by 30% and its profits nearly three-fold in 2017. The Anglo-Dutch oil major is nearing completion of a portfolio-simplifying, $30 billion divestment program and continues to grapple with its place in the global movement towards a cleaner, lower-carbon energy landscape. While the firm has upped investment in renewables and CEO Ben van Beurden, speaking to investors earlier this year, proclaimed Shell an “energy transition company,” 90% of Shell’s capital expenditure goes towards oil and gas and some shareholders are pressuring the company to diversify faster.

Key Metrics & Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

Revenues ($M)$311870
Revenue Percent Change29.9%
Profits ($M)$12,977.0
Assets ($M)$407097
Profits Percent Change183.7%
Employees84000
Previous Rank7

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Company Facts

Employees84000
SectorEnergy
IndustryPetroleum Refining
CEOBen van Beurden
HQ LocationThe Hague
Websitewww.shell.com
Years on Global 500 List24

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