holding company


Definition of holding company

: a company whose primary business is holding a controlling interest in the securities of other companies — compare investment company

Examples of holding company in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Federal prosecutors said Stephen Calk owned 67% of the bank’s holding company from July 2016 to January 2017, the period under investigation. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2021 In 2016, Charlie Munger, the billionaire vice-chairman of Warren Buffett’s holding company, announced his intention to donate two hundred million dollars to the University of California, Santa Barbara, to be used to build a dormitory. The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2021 West's intellectual property holding company Mascotte Holdings Inc., registered the trademark to cover everything from blankets, pillowcases, and towels to tapestries, shower curtains, and placemats — detailing silk, cashmere, and fleece items. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Among those investments is HumanCo, a private holding company and incubator, financing consumer brands focused on healthier living and sustainability. Rachel King, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2021 One of Bademosi’s first investments with Microtraction was in Buycoins, a Nigerian startup that used to be just a crypto exchange platform, but has slowly evolved into a holding company for other crypto products called Helicarrier. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 So, indeed, is the holding company which owns RT, formerly known as Russia Today. Sam Kiley, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 Exor is the holding company controlled by Italy’s Agnelli family that also holds stakes in Stellantis—of which Chrysler and Fiat are part of—and the Italian soccer team Juventus F.C. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Brightline Holdings announced the purchase Tuesday without announcing the price, but local news outlets report that Clark County records indicate the purchase by the holding company for Brightline West closed Thursday for $140 million. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of holding company

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of holding company was in 1906

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24 Nov 2021

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“Holding company.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holding%20company. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of holding company

: a company whose main business is owning more than half of another company's stock

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Legal Definition of holding company

— see company

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