Top 10 Companies in the World 2017

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5. Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell, which is also commonly known as Shell, is a 108 year old oil and gas corporation.

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The company is headquartered in Netherlands, and was incorporated in the UK in 1907, and currently, Royal Dutch Shell operates in more than 70 countries worldwide. The organization was formed as a result of a merger between Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport & Trading, based in UK.

Soon after inception, production and manufacturing operations were looked after by the Dutch firm, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij, at Hague. Shell soon acquired the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company in 1919, and just three years later, formed Shell Mex, which took care of all marketing operations of Shell worldwide. The company set up Shell Chemicals Ltd., which offers a diverse product portfolio including acetone, aromatics, phenols and many more, in 1929. The Shell Mex House was completed in 1931, and the facility became the global head office for marketing operations in 1931. The head office was however shifted to Curacao in 1940.

In 1952, Shell became the first company to use computers for operation in the Netherlands. The iconic shell logo was designed by Raymond Loewy, who also designed the logos of BP and Exxon, in 1971. In 2004, the whole of Shell group moved to a single parent company, the Royal Dutch Shell. The company entered a joint venture with Cosan in 2010, resulting in the creation of Raizen. Royal Dutch Shell later acquired East Resources in the same year.

Shell is a vertically integrated organization, which deals with operations including exploration, production, refining, distribution, power generation, and petrochemicals, marketing and trading. The company currently employs over 93,000 employees, and the current CEO is Ben van Beurden.

Sales ($Bn): 234.8

Profits ($Bn): 4.7

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