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English definition of “minority interest”

minority interest

noun [C or U]    
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a person or organization that owns fewer shares in a company than the controlling shareholder (= the one who owns the most), or the shares themselves: The company holds a minority interest in the network .
ACCOUNTING, FINANCE in the financial records of a holding company (= a company that owns shares in other companies ), the part of the shares that are not owned by the controlling shareholder : Our operating profit before tax and minority interest was 18% higher than a year ago. → Compare majority interest
(Definition of minority interest noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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