One of the successors of John D. Rockefeller's original Standard Oil Company, Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) was founded in 1879. Chevron has since grown to become one of the world's largest multinational oil and gas industry companies, with operations in about 200 countries. As of September 18, 2018, the company is ranked at #11 on Fortune's 500 Global List.

Chevron's two primary business divisions are upstream and downstream operations. The upstream division is involved in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, while the downstream operations cover refining, transportation, and marketing. Chevron is also involved in debt financing, insurance, real estate, and technology development. Chevron announced its Q2 2019 profit report on August 2, 2019. The oil and gas company reported $36.32 billion in revenues this quarter, compared to $40.49 billion over the same period in the previous year.

Chevron's three largest individual shareholders are all members of the company's board of directors. Below are their stories.

Key Takeaways

  • Chevron is one of the largest multinational oil and gas industry companies in the world, with facilities in around 200 countries.
  • As of the most recently available information, former chair John S. Watson is Chevron's largest individual holder of Chevron common stock.
  • Board member Robert Denham is the second-biggest individual shareholder; he has sat on the Chevron board for 15 years and is also on the board of the New York Times Company and Oaktree Capital Group.
  • Fellow board member and former Northrop Grumman CEO Ronald D. Sugar is the third biggest shareholder.

John S. Watson

John S. Watson is Chevron's former chief executive officer and chair of the board. Watson joined Chevron in 1980 as a financial analyst before becoming the company's Chief Financial Officer in 2001.

Starting in 2009, Watson served as Vice Chair on Chevron's Board of Directors, a position that he held until becoming CEO and chair in 2010. Watson retired as CEO and chair of Chevron on February 1, 2018, and was replaced in both capacities by former Vice Chair and Executive Vice President Michael K. Wirth. The former CEO remains Chevron's single largest shareholder as of March 13, 2017, beneficially owning 76,794 shares of the company.

Watson received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

According to the latest filing with the SEC on September 16, 2019, Pierre R. Breber, Vice President and CFO of Chevron, owns 33,977 shares and is the fourth-largest individual shareholder, while Michael K. Wirth, the current chair, owns 33,750 shares, and is the fifth-largest individual shareholder.

Robert Denham

Robert Denham has served on Chevron's board of directors since 2004 and is a member of the Audit and Management Compensation Committees. He is a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, and also serves on the board of directors for Fomento Económico Mexicano SAB de CV (FMX), the New York Times Company (NYT), and Oaktree Capital Group LLC.

Denham previously worked as general counsel and then as chair and CEO of Salomon Inc.from 1992 until 1998. With 49,279 shares of Chevron as of May 31, 2017, Denham is the company's second-largest individual shareholder.

Denham graduated from the University of Texas and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School and an M.A. in Government from Harvard University.

Ronald D. Sugar

Ronald D. Sugar, the former CEO of Northrop Grumman, serves as the Chair of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee for Chevron. Sugar is a senior advisor to many businesses and organizations including Apple, Ares Management, and Bain & Company.

Sugar served as CEO of Northrop Grumman from 2001 to 2010, focusing the company's efforts in cyberspace development. According to Sugar's latest filing with the SEC on May 29, 2019, the Chevron director owns 44,404 shares of the company.

Sugar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.