Talk:Privately held company

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the advantages of changing from a partnership to a proprietary company? so that it can earn more profit —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:15, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

Article name change[edit]

The correct punctuation for the name of this article is "Privately held company". It is incorrect to use a hyphen after a -ly adverb. I tried to move the article to the correct name, but was unable to because of a previous article at that name. Any suggestions? SDC 02:31, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

Linking doesn't work[edit]

The 'Swagelok' link redirects to something about metal. Daily Rubbings 15:31, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

ptd ltd?[edit]

I have seen the abbreviation Ptd Ltd, and it seems to be particularly common in Australia, but I can't find an explanation anywhere. It is clear from context that it refers to a private company, but the details escape me. --Slashme (talk) 06:09, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


Suggesting merging Privately owned enterprise into Privately held company, as they cover the same concept. Thoughts? SchuminWeb (Talk) 05:20, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

This is all very confusing. They are confusing privately owned with privately held. A private company can be either privately held (also called close) or publicly traded. Privately held means owned by a few people. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gadickson2002 (talkcontribs) 22:09, 4 December 2009 (UTC)

This merge appears to have been done in 2010. --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 01:09, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

privately held company versus subsidiary[edit]

What is the difference between being private and being a subsidiary? In my mind, a subsidiary essentially would have the same ownership as the parent. For example, the US Post office is not a privately held company, but rather a subsidiary of the US Governement and thus publicly held. Likewise, Opel is a subsidary of the privately held GM, but Opel itself is not independently privately held. Thoughts? Farmerpete (talk) 09:57, 13 November 2009 (UTC)Farmerpete

Add to the company list[edit]

I believe Vitol, Glencore International, Gunvor, and ALDI are all European private companies with at least $50 billion in revenue. Jonathansuh (talk) 22:02, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Trust me, we already have more than enough examples. No more, please. SchuminWeb (Talk) 00:07, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
But seriously, Vitol and Glencore are in the top 5 biggest private companies according to revenue (see this list for further reference). Maybe we could take out a couple of the smaller ones (Land Rover and LEGO). I think the bigger the company is, the better example. Jonathansuh (talk) 05:37, 8 December 2010 (UTC)
I don't see anything wrong with adding notable large examples. Especially as large as these companies are that they would make the Fortune 500 list. If we have to, we can make this into separate section of the page.Rogue Commander (talk) 20:10, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

"Criticism" section[edit]

The "criticism" section does not belong here. It is a criticism of private businesses, as opposed to state-owned or worker-owned businesses. But it is not a criticism of privately held companies. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:22, 16 July 2011 (UTC)


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