BP and Shell Both Claim to Be Number One in Investor Returns

In the cutthroat game of global capitalism, there can be only one winner. Unless you’re an oil company.

Both BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are claiming the top spot for investor returns within their peer group from 2016 to 2018. That’s an important metric — taking first place was a significant element in the doubling of Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden’s pay last year.

Confusingly, both companies are telling the truth.

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