share·​hold·​er | \ ˈsher-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce shareholder (audio) \

Definition of shareholder

: one that holds or owns a share in property especially : stockholder

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shareholding \ ˈsher-​ˌhōl-​diŋ How to pronounce shareholding (audio) \ noun

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Likely attendees include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Disney’s Bob Iger, the Murdoch clan of Fox, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, CBS’ Leslie Moonves and Viacom and CBS controlling shareholder Shari Redstone. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: A tough job market for recent college grads," 9 July 2018 Cardiff City have announced that the club's debt to majority shareholder Vincent Tan has been cut by £66.4m, after the owner subscribed for a substantial amount of additional shares in the club., "Credit Where It's Due: Vincent Tan Slashes Cardiff City's Debt Ahead of Premier League Return," 6 July 2018 While anybody can buy Twitter stock today, that wasn’t true in 2011, when Andreessen Horowitz reportedly built up an $80 million stake in the company by buying shares from existing shareholders. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "The Stock Market Loophole That Screws the Little Guy," 25 June 2018 These compensation and separation packages are nothing more than a looting of the shareholder’s equity by those at the top. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "These failed CEOs got fat payouts to walk away," 21 June 2018 Taken together, the three biggest funds constitute the largest shareholder in 40% of public U.S. companies. Phil Gramm And Michael Solon, WSJ, "Enemies of the Economic Enlightenment," 15 Apr. 2019 So this bonanza does not begin when the largest shareholders are revealed on an S-1 filing just a few weeks before the actual IPO. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 The company changed its name to Tronc in June 2016, four months after technology entrepreneur Michael Ferro became nonexecutive chairman and the largest shareholder of the newspaper chain. Robert Channick,, "Tronc completes LA Times sale, may change corporate name," 18 June 2018 Dividends to shareholders aren’t uncommon in the public stock markets, especially from conservative, old-line industry titans like General Electric. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In an extraordinary move, Juul is trying to make peace with its investors and employees by paying them more than $4 billion," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of shareholder

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shareholder was circa 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of shareholder

: someone who owns shares in a company or business



Legal Definition of shareholder

: one that owns a share in a fund (as a mutual fund) or property especially : stockholder — see also derivative action, equity sense 4c, proxy contest

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shareholding adjective or noun

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