stakeholder

[steyk-hohl-der]
noun
1.
the holder of the stakes of a wager.
2.
a person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something, as a business or industry.
3.
Law. a person holding money or property to which two or more persons make rival claims.

Origin:
1700–10; stake2 + holder

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stakeholder (ˈsteɪkˌhəʊldə)
 
n
1.  a person or group owning a significant percentage of a company's shares
2.  a person or group not owning shares in an enterprise but affected by or having an interest in its operations, such as the employees, customers, local community, etc
 
adj
3.  of or relating to policies intended to allow people to participate in and benefit from decisions made by enterprises in which they have a stake: a stakeholder economy

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Example sentences
Greenberg remained the company's largest stakeholder.
Today the family is no longer the biggest stakeholder.
The disappointing start for stakeholder pensions represents more than teething
  difficulties.
Preventing such errors goes beyond the ability of any one stakeholder.
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