We've got 1 shorthand »

Acronyms that contain the term privately held company 

What does privately held company mean? This page is about the various possible meanings of the acronym, abbreviation, shorthand or slang term: privately held company.

Possible matching categories:

Filter by: Sort by:PopularityAlphabeticallyCategory

Stock symbol for West 49 Inc. Obsolete as company is now privately held.

Business » Stock Exchange

Rate it:

What does privately held company mean?

Privately held company
A privately held company (or simply a private company) is a company whose shares and related rights or obligations are not offered for public subscription or publicly negotiated in the respective listed markets, but rather the company's stock is offered, owned, traded, exchanged privately, or over-the-counter. In the case of a closed corporation, there are a relatively small number of shareholders or company members. Related terms are closely-held corporation, unquoted company, and unlisted company. Though less visible than their publicly traded counterparts, private companies have major importance in the world's economy. In 2008, the 441 largest private companies in the United States accounted for US$1,800,000,000,000 ($1.8 trillion) in revenues and employed 6.2 million people, according to Forbes. In 2005, using a substantially smaller pool size (22.7%) for comparison, the 339 companies on Forbes' survey of closely held U.S. businesses sold a trillion dollars' worth of goods and services (44%) and employed four million people. In 2004, the Forbes count of privately held U.S. businesses with at least $1 billion in revenue was 305.Separately, all non-government-owned companies are considered private enterprise. This sense includes both publicly traded and privately held companies, as their investors are individuals in the private sector.

see more »

Discuss these privately held company abbreviations with the community:


    Know what is privately held company? Got another good explanation for privately held company? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Still can't find the acronym definition you were looking for? Use our Power Search technology to look for more unique definitions from across the web!


    Use the citation options below to add these abbreviations to your bibliography.


    "privately held company." Abbreviations.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 24 Jul 2024. <https://www.abbreviations.com/privately%20held%20company>.

    Browse Abbreviations.com

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!


    The ultimate acronym test

    A Folly and Infected Mental Health
    B First International Monkey Hunt
    C For Israeli Military Heroes
    D Forever In My Heart


    Share an image of privately held company