what is the difference between stock holder and stake holder?


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Stockholder (Shareholder) vs. Stakeholder

  • A shareholder is always a stakeholder but a stakeholder can or cannot be the shareholder in a company.
  • A shareholder has at least one stock in the public company and interest in stock performance, whereas stakeholder has an interest in the company's performance.
  • A shareholder can be an institution, company and individual holding the stocks and a stakeholder can be employees, supplier, owner, vendors, customers, and bondholders.
  • A shareholder can buy or sell the stocks frequently based on their needs, but stakeholders are concerned with the long term need and performance of the company.


1. Reddy  Oct 13, 2011 11:09 I Like It. | Report Abuse Reply
A shareholder owns part of a company through stock ownership, while a stakeholder is interested in the performance of a company for reasons other than just stock appreciation.