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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After years of waving through deals, shareholders and trustbusters are now getting testier again. The Economist, "Investors and regulators fall out of love with colossal deals," 6 July 2019 Other examples include the Billion Dollar Buyer where companies meet billionaire hospitality mogul Tilman Fertitta, chairman, CEO, and sole shareholder of Landry’s, Inc., and Apple Music’s Planet of the Apps. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India will soon launch a dedicated TV channel for startup entrepreneurs," 5 July 2019 Most of the litigation has targeted local and national governments, but companies have also been taken to court over failures to inform shareholders of the risks of climate change, or to incorporate climate change planning into decision making. Jack Guy, CNN, "Climate change lawsuits spreading around the world, says report," 4 July 2019 And what if CEOs like Susan Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey behaved more like responsible parents than greedy shareholders? Alexander Heffner, WIRED, "Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of Social Media," 30 June 2019 In May, Amazon shareholders voted down a proposal that would ban the sale of Rekognition to police, and halt sales to law enforcement and ICE. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "The Strange Politics of Facial Recognition," 28 June 2019 The majority of proxies received from the June 21 annual shareholders meeting supported the non-binding proposal, which was submitted by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. STAT, "Pharmalittle: Judge appears to back push for opioid settlement; the CRISPR patent fight lives on," 26 June 2019 Most of our clients have a modest amount of bank debt and a single class of stock (perhaps split among several shareholders/members). Gary Miller, The Denver Post, "Gary Miller: When I sell my company, should I consider “rolling over equity” into the buyer’s company?," 23 June 2019 Instead, the company’s existing shareholders — employees, founders, and early investors—sold their shares directly to investors. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Slack’s direct listing is a hit," 20 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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