silent partner

noun

Definition of silent partner

1 : a partner who is known to the public but has no voice in the conduct of a firm's business

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Mellen, a machinist by trade, is largely a silent partner, and trusted Burlingame guide the venture’s vision. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Huntsville, here’s your next coffee obsession," 19 Aug. 2019 Karp, who became enamored with the greengage as a child, is a silent partner with Andy Mariani in the cultivation of the fruit at Andy’s Orchard in Morgan Hill, Calif., near San Jose. Los Angeles Times, "The Holy Grail of stone fruit is in season. Get it while (and if) you can," 12 Aug. 2019 Sara Allen’s husband, Denny Allen, is a silent partner but has been known to deliver parts and provide backup support as needed. Karly Ewing, Ramona Sentinel, "Business Spotlight: Water Wise Well Service pumped about growth," 10 June 2019 Rubell’s business partner and fellow Studio honcho, Ian Schrager, was nowhere to be found (perhaps by choice?) along with their third silent partner, investor Jack Dushey. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Matt Tyrnauer’s New Documentary, Studio 54, Takes On the Rise, Fall, and Last Days of Disco," 4 Oct. 2018 By 1990, The Times found, Fred Trump, the ultimate silent partner, had quietly transferred today’s equivalent of at least $46.2 million to his son. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The non-stealthy airplane would receive targeting information from other fighters hiding from enemy radar, methodically servicing targets served up by a silent partner. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's Newest F-15 Packs More Than Two Dozen Missiles," 18 July 2018 Becky Friedman, who owns the cafe along with Jason Schiavone and a silent partner, considers this weekend’s launch a soft open. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "The Hoof Cafe coffee shop opens this weekend in Locust Point," 13 June 2018 The company was sold to Baldwin and a friend a decade ago, with Baldwin serving as a silent partner focused on finances and operations. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "For Gray Baldwin, ornamental is fundamental," 25 May 2018

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1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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silent partner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silent partner

chiefly US : a partner who invests money in a business but is not involved in running the business

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Legal Definition of silent partner

see partner

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