Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell is not only one of the largest oil and gas companies worldwide but also had the third-highest revenue globally in tax year ended in March 2015. In that year, Shell made some 386 billion U.S. dollars of revenue, and topped other major global players of its branch, such as ExxonMobil, PetroChina, and BP. Five companies out of the global top 10 were from the oil and gas sector. Shell is also one of the companies with the highest market value. As of 2015, the company’s value stood at some 192 billion U.S. dollars.
Royal Dutch Shell was founded through the merger of two rival companies from the Netherlands and from the United Kingdom. The main aim of this fusion was to compete with John D. Rockefellers’s Standard Oil Company. Today, Shell is a multinational corporation, headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands. The company is involved in every segment of the oil and gas industry – from exploration and production to trading and power generation.
As of 2016, Royal Dutch Shell employed some 92 thousand people worldwide. The company generates most of its revenue on the European continent. The Upstream segment is Shell’s predominant division, responsible for more than 80 percent of the company’s total revenue. This segment includes exploration, production, refining, and transportation.