Business Digest: Bonanza for Carlyle’s co-founders; Shell gets Arctic drilling go-ahead

EQUITY
Carlyle’s co-founders
experience bonanza

The three co-founders of the Carlyle Group received $57.3 million each last year in dividends, the first publicly disclosed details about the wealth being created at the 25-year-old private equity firm since it went public.

Founders David M. Rubenstein, Daniel A. D’Aniello and William E. Conway Jr. also had $275,000 salaries, according to regulatory filings. The trio declined bonuses last year. They each received more than $3 million in bonuses in 2011.

Rubenstein, D’Aniello and Conway each own approximately 15.4 percent of the company, which is worth about $1.5 billion apiece based on Carlyle’s current share price.

Thomas Heath

energy
Interior gives nod
to Shell drilling plans

The Interior Department issued a report sharply critical of Shell’s exploration drilling efforts in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska last year, but Secretary Ken Salazar gave the company the go-ahead to try again in 2014.

Environmental groups harshly criticized the report and said it raised questions about the department’s ability to conduct independent regulatory oversight.

“Exploration in the Arctic is a key component of the president’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and is important to our understanding of the oil and gas potential in this frontier region,” Salazar said after the completion of a 60-day department review that recommended companies follow “Arctic specific” standards.

Shell has already announced a “pause” in its drilling plans after a series of delays and mishaps culminating in its rig, the Kulluk, running aground on its way to port.

— Steven Mufson

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— From staff reports, news services

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Thomas Heath is a local business reporter and columnist, writing about entrepreneurs and various companies big and small in the Washington Metropolitan area. Previously, he wrote about the business of sports for The Post’s sports section for most of a decade.
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