Shamrock Holdings is the firm founded as the Roy E. Disney (January 10, 1930 – December 16, 2009) family investment firm and the Disney family remains a key investor. Roy was its chairman, and Stanley Gold its President/CEO. Shamrock owns a number of assets including hotels and radio and television stations. Shamrock often takes an aggressive strategy, launching hostile takeovers. In 1988 and 1989, it pursued Polaroid, ultimately failing to take over the company but winning concessions such as an advertising deal for its television stations. In July 2006 one of Roy E. Disney's daughters, Abigail, became Vice Chairman of Shamrock. Shamrock is a private corporation, owned 100% by the estate of Roy E. Disney.
According to Reuters, in 1984 Shamrock held 1,428,061 (or just over 4%) of all Disney stock.
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