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Public Limited Company
The stock of a public company is owned and traded by individual and institutional investors.
In contrast, in a privately held company, the stock is held by company founders, management, employees, and sometimes venture capitalists.
Many privately held companies eventually go public to help raise capital to finance growth. Conversely, public companies can be taken private for a variety of reasons.