Private company

business company owned either by non-governmental organizations or by a relatively small number of shareholders or company members, and the company's capital stock is offered, owned and traded or exchanged privately

A privately held company is a company which is not quoted on stock exchanges, and its stocks cannot be openly bought or sold. Often it is owned by a family or a small group of Shareholders. Private companies are often small, but some are amongst the largest companies in the world.[1] Many public companies started life as private companies. In the United States, private companies are held to different auditing standards than are public companies.[2] Private companies do not have to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).[3] This makes it harder to find financial information on private companies.


  1. Reifman, Shlomo; Murphy, Andrea D., eds. (6 Nov 2008). "America's largest private companies". Forbes.
  2. "Introduction to Private Companies". PrivCo. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. "Private Company Research". The Library of Congress. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.