controlling interest

Definition

The ownership of more than 50% of a company's voting stock; or a significant fraction, even if less than 50%, if the rest of the shares are not actively voted.

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You should try to make sure that you do not do anything thing the controlling interest might really frown upon.

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He had controlling interest over the voting stock and I didn't like that because that meant he owned over fifty percent of it.

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When their closest competitor went belly-up last year, the company was able to acquire enough extra shares of the stock to gain a controlling interest in their investment.

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