plural noun Finance.
shares of stock given, at least nominally, for consideration to the organizers or original subscribers of a corporation, sometimes carrying special voting privileges, but likely to receive dividends after other classes of stock.
Origin of founders' shares
First recorded in 1885–90
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shares awarded to the founders of a company and often granting special privileges
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