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English definition of “golden share”

golden share

noun [C]
 
 
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
a special type of share in a company giving its owner more power than other shareholders over changes in its management. The golden shares owned by governments so they could control particular companies are now illegal in the European Union : The energy giant was protected from takeover by the Italian government's golden share.
(Definition of golden share from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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