controlling interest


: sufficient stock ownership in a corporation to exert control over policy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Then a surprise bidder — Hiroshi Yamauchi, who was the president of Nintendo — spent $75 million for a controlling interest, a good-will gesture to the home region of Nintendo’s American headquarters. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2022 McMahon remains a stockholder with a controlling interest in WWE. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 Ford has had a long history in Germany, starting work on its Cologne plant in 1929 in response to GM’s purchase of a controlling interest in Opel (now owned by Stellantis). Michael Taylor, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Endeavor purchased a controlling interest in UFC in 2016 at a $4 billion valuation and bought the remaining part in 2021. Mike Ozanian, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 Last year, Stills sold a controlling interest in his intellectual property, including his publishing, to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 14 Feb. 2023 The company took a controlling interest in online travel agent Expedia less than two months before the Sept. 11 attacks, which grounded the travel industry, and acquired the remainder of the company in 2003. Laura Forman, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 Sarath, whose flagship company Gulf Energy took a controlling interest in AIS and its parent InTouch last year, has been diversifying into telecommunications and digital businesses. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 5 July 2022 The news comes more than two years after the Cleveland’s previous minority investor, John Sherman, left to take a controlling interest in the Kansas City Royals. Joe Noga, cleveland, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of controlling interest was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Controlling interest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

controlling interest

see interest sense 1

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