a company that has more than 50 shareholders and whose shares are offered for public subscription.
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- public assistance,
- public bar,
- public bill,
- public broadcasting service,
- public charge,
- public convenience,
- public corporation,
- public debt,
- public defender,
- public domain
Compare private company.
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We have another name to add that most rarefied group of public-company CEOs in America: the $1 Club.
a limited company whose shares may be purchased by the public and traded freely on the open market and whose share capital is not less than a statutory minimum; public limited companyCompare private company
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