They enjoy a wide range of services and benefits paid for by Aramco, like cars and drivers, gardening and housekeeping, people familiar with the matter said. Contracts for senior executives also include health insurance for the person’s wife, or wives, one of the people said.

“You’re basically a rock star if you work for Aramco,” Krane said. “It’s one of the only meritocracies in Saudi Arabia.”

--With assistance from Matthew Martin, Javier Blas, Sonali Basak and Peter Eichenbaum.

This article was provided by Bloomberg News.

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