Shareholders are individuals or institutions that own a share of stock in a corporation, giving them an ownership interest in the corporation. Shareholders are granted special privileges as share owners. These privileges may change depending on the class of stock, if a company offers more than one. These privileges may include:
- Ability to buy and sell shares.
- Ability to vote on directors and shareholder/company proposals.
- Ability to nominate directors and propose shareholder resolutions.
- The right to receive dividends.