Rank: 2 (Previous rank: 2)
CEO: Peter R. Voser
Address: Carel van Bylandtlaan 30
The Hague 2596
Royal Dutch Shell's earnings were up 61% in 2010 from the previous year, with $20.5 billion in income for the year. And its stock has performed well (it's up 7.2% year-to-date).
As access to oil gets tighter, Shell is looking to beef up its alternative energy assets. In 2010, it signed an agreement with a Brazilian biofuel company called Cosan that makes ethanol from sugarcane.
Shell is also developing technology to build the first floating, liquefied natural gas plant, which should give the company an edge over the competition when it comes to accessing fuel in deep water. Indeed, deepwater energy will be critical for Shell, which signed off on new drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Brazil. --S.D.
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|Company||2010 Number of Employees|
|China National Petroleum||1,674,541|