Shareholder, Stakeholder, and Stockholder

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Which are the main differences between Shareholder , Stakeholder , and Stockholder? Any clue?

Shareholder and stockholder are the same; they own shares of the company’s stock. Stakeholder, in the context of corporate control, is any person or organization interested in the affairs of the company. Typically, the most important groups of stakeholders are thought to be shareholders, creditors, management, employees, customers, suppliers, local government, and the local community at large.

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