Darren Woods
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Darren Woods: What's the ExxonMobil CEO's Current Net Worth?

Kathryn Underwood - Author

Mar. 4 2022, Published 3:21 p.m. ET

Darren Woods has spent most of his career with ExxonMobil. He started in 1992 and worked his way up to become the CEO in 2017. He has publicly endorsed the Paris climate agreement but has also been accused of lies regarding climate change. Darren Woods’ net worth is certainly tied up in the oil industry — how much is he worth in 2022?

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Darren Woods

ExxonMobil CEO

Net worth: $80 million

Darren Woods has been the chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil since 2017. He has worked for ExxonMobil since 1992 and served as head of the refining and chemical divisions. He recently stated that following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, oil prices would likely continue to surge higher. ExxonMobil has also said it would stop operations in Russia and not invest further in Russian oil production.

Birthdate: December 16, 1965

Spouse: Kathryn Woods

Education: B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A & M University; MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

How much does Darren Woods make as CEO of ExxonMobil?

Woods has worked at ExxonMobil since he started as a planning analyst in 1992, reported the Financial Times. He held several roles including vice president of the chemical division in Houston, and later president of the company. In 2016 he was named the new CEO, a role he officially began in 2017.

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ExxonMobil is a top oil company, with Darren Woods as its chief executive.

In 2018, Woods’ total compensation of salary plus stock and other compensation was $18.8 million. In 2019, he received a 25 percent raise to $23.5 million, $12.3 million of which was to be awarded in stock.

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CelebrityNetWorth estimates Woods’ net worth at $80 million based on recent salary reports.

Woods engages in climate discussions but has been accused of concealing evidence of global warming.

Woods acknowledges climate concerns and the need to reduce greenhouse emissions. A year ago, he gave a talk to analysts and investors in which he said ExxonMobil was prepared “to capitalize on the growing demand for decarbonization.”

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In February 2021, ExxonMobil said it planned to invest $3 billion over five years in emissions-reducing energy projects, reported The New York Times. However, that’s in contrast to the $16 billion–$19 billion it planned to spend on oil exploration and capital projects in one year.

In October 2021, Woods and other oil industry executives testified before Congress and faced claims that the industry has hidden evidence of global warming’s dangers. Some Democratic leaders accused oil executives of acting much like the tobacco executives who lied in 1994 about nicotine’s addictiveness.

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Woods and other executives refused to pledge to stop lobbying against climate initiatives.

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Woods thinks oil prices will likely climb higher due to the Russian war with Ukraine.

Woods, when speaking with CNBC this week, said he expected oil prices to climb based on the crisis in Russia and Ukraine if supply disruption happened with Russian crude oil.

Following the example of BP and Shell, ExxonMobil announced on March 1 that it will cease operations in Russia and avoid further investments there.


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