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Shell chief stakes his job on bet that oil will bounce back

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Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 09.03.45SUNDAY 17 JAN 2015

What’s not to like about $30 a barrel?

Quite a lot if you are Ben van Beurden, Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive, who is trying to land the deal of a lifetime based on oil prices being double what they are now. Van Beurden was hailed last year for a swift raid on BG, a British oil and gas giant that had lost its way. Shell had stalked BG for 15 years but lacked the nerve to make a move. Van Beurden, a surprise choice as boss, had the balls. 

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