Gearing up for a blockbuster IPO: Saudi Aramco then and now

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When oil giant Saudi Aramco announced its plans to list five percent of its shares publicly, global markets from Hong Kong to New York lined up to compete for a part of the listing – and not just because it’s the most profitable company in the world.

Having evolved from humble beginnings into a full-fledged, integrated petroleum enterprise, Aramco is known in Saudi Arabia as a pioneer for rapid growth and change.