Define: Stockholders

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Definition: Stockholders

Quick Summary of Stockholders

In the USA, individuals, businesses, and groups owning stocks in a corporation.

What is the dictionary definition of Stockholders?

Dictionary Definition

finance One who owns stock.

US term referring to individuals, business and groups owning stocks in a corporation.


Full Definition of Stockholders

stockholder is someone, or another entity such as a group of investors or another company, which owns one or more shares of the stock in a corporation. The owners of a corporation are not the company’s management, but rather the stockholders.


Stockholders FAQ's

What is the difference between a stockholder and a stakeholder?

Shareholders are always stakeholders in a corporation, but stakeholders are not always shareholders. A shareholder owns part of a public company through shares of stock, while a stakeholder has an interest in the performance of a company for reasons other than stock performance or appreciation.

What rights do you have as a stockholder?
  • Right to inspect records.
  • Right to vote.
  • Right to participate in the profits.
  • Right to residual claim during liquidation.
  • Right to limited liability.
  • Transfer rights.
  • Preemptive rights.
  • Right to sue for wrongful acts.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Stockholders are sourced/syndicated from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 4th May 2019.