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English definition of “shareholder”

shareholder

noun [C]     /ˈʃeəˌhəʊldər/ (also stockholder) FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
a person or organization that owns shares in a company: Shareholders will be voting on the proposed merger of the companies next week. Under the proposals, shareholders will receive a cash offer of between 245p and 255p a share. It has not been demonstrated that good environmental and social practices create value for shareholders, but it is clear that bad ones can destroy it.
→ See also controlling shareholder, minority shareholder, outside shareholder
(Definition of shareholder noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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