Controlling interest

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A controlling interest is an ownership interest in a corporation with enough voting stock shares to prevail in any stockholders' motion. A majority of voting shares (over 50%) is always a controlling interest. When a party holds less than the majority of the voting shares, other present circumstances can be looked at to determine whether that party is still considered to hold a controlling ownership interest.[1]

In the United States, Delaware corporations have a 2/3 vote requirement for a motion to pass.[citation needed] In theory, this could mean that a controlling interest would have to be over one third of the voting shares.


  1. ^ Hefter, Michael; Philip, Ryan; Kolker, David. "Delaware Court Establishes "Taxonomy" For Controlling Stockholder Claims". Transaction Advisors. ISSN 2329-9134.