Simply put, those are the owners, and they can be in many shapes and sizes. A shareholder can be an individual who owns shares in GM or Microsoft; it can be you, owning 100% of the issued shares in your own corporation. It can be another corporation or venture capital firm owning shares in your start-up. “Stockholder” and “shareholder” typically means the same thing.
What are stockholders and shareholders?
About the Author: David Herzog
Since 1993, I have represented hundreds of businesses and individuals in a variety of industries. Small business legal advising . . . that's my thing.