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2. Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 2 (Previous rank: 2)
CEO: Peter R. Voser
Employees: 97,000
Address: Carel van Bylandtlaan 30
The Hague  2596
Country: Netherlands
Website: www.shell.com

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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  $ millions % change from 2009
Revenues 378,152.0 32.6
Profits 20,127.0 60.8
Assets 322,560.0 --
Stockholders' equity 148,013.0 --
Profits as % of  
Revenues 5
Assets 6.2
From the July 25, 2011 issue
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards.
Company is incorporated in Britain. Executive offices are in the Netherlands.
Excise taxes have been deducted.
Editor's note: Chrysler Group was erroneously omitted from the Global 500 listing. With revenue of $41.9 billion, Chrysler ranks No.205 among all the companies in the world and 61st in the U.S. As a result, Bristol-Myers Squibb, which had ranked No.500, falls off the list. Updates may be found for the full list, rankings by country, and the list of arrivals. Fortune regrets the error.
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