In this unprecedented economic downturn, even the oil tycoons are taking their hits. As the price of a barrel of oil took a roller coaster ride to a high of more than $150 per barrel, then crashed to $39.19 per barrel, fourth quarter profits are down. Before you run to get your box of kleenex to shed tears for the hardship of the industry- check out the 2008 final profit numbers:
• Exxon Mobile experiences a $45.2 billion dollar profit, exceeding their previous world record profit.
• Shell $31.4 billion profit
• Chevron $24 billion profit
Let's hope they can recover from the downturn.