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Royal Dutch Shell plc, commonly known simply as Shell, is a multinational oil company of British and Dutch origins. It is the second largest private sector energy corporations in the world, and one of the six "supermajors" (vertically integrated private sector oil exploration, natural gas, and petroleum product marketing companies). The company's headquarters are in The Hague, Netherlands, with its registered office in London, United Kingdom (Shell Centre).

The company's main business is the exploration for and the production, processing, transportation and marketing of hydrocarbons (oil and gas). Shell also has a significant petrochemicals business (Shell Chemicals), and an embryonic renewable energy sector developing wind, hydrogen and solar power opportunities. Shell is incorporated in the UK with its corporate headquarters in The Hague, its tax residence is in Netherlands, and its primary listings on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Amsterdam (only "A" shares are part of the AEX index).

Shell's revenues of $318.8 billion in 2006 made it the third-largest corporation in the world by revenues behind only ExxonMobil and Wal-Mart. Its 2006 gross profits of $26 billion made it the world's second most profitable company, after ExxonMobil and before BP. Forbes Global 2000 in 2007 ranked Shell the eighth largest company in the world. Also in 2007, Fortune magazine ranked Shell as the third-largest corporation in the world, behind Wal-Mart and ExxonMobil.

Shell operates in over 140 countries. In the United States, its Shell Oil Company subsidiary, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is one of Shell's largest businesses.
Type Public (LSE: RDSA / RDSB) (NYSE: RDS.A / RDS.B)
Founded 1907
Headquarters The Hague, Netherlands
Key people Jeroen van der Veer, CEO
Jorma Ollila, Chairman
Industry Oil and gas
Products Oil, natural gas, petrochemicals
Revenue ? US$355.782 billion (2007)
Operating income ? US$52.166 billion (2007)
Profit ? US$27.311 billion (2007)
Employees 104,000
Website www.shell.com