The owner of stock in a company. If the company does well, they stand to make moolah— and sometimes big moolah. But if the company does poorly, then shareholders have the potential to lose money, too. Your stake in the company as a shareholder depends on how many shares in that company you own— the more shares you own, the greater your stake. The person who owns the majority of the shares is called the principal shareholder.« Back to Glossary Index
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