What is the difference between stockholder and stakeholder?

Definition of Stockholder

A stockholder or shareholder is the owner of shares of a corporation's common or preferred stock.

Definition of Stakeholder

A stakeholder is anyone that has an interest or is affected by a corporation or other organization. In other words, a stockholder isn't the only party having a stake in the corporation.

Examples of Stakeholders

The stakeholders in a corporation include its: stockholders, creditors, employees, families of the employees, suppliers, customers, community, and others.

A example of an organization that does not have stockholders is a state university. Even though it does not have stockholders, the university will have the following stakeholders: students, students' families, alumni, professors, administrators, businesses, state taxpayers, the local community, the state community, society in general, custodians, suppliers, etc.