Activist Investor

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An Investor who actively pursues governance changes in a company, typically a shareholder seeking a change in strategy, management, or management remuneration. Investors who try to use an ownership position to actively pursue governance changes at a corporation. The objectives of the activist investor might differ from those of other shareholders. Examples of activist investors might include the following:

  • Pension funds that manage assets on behalf of union employees
  • Institutional funds with a social, environmental, religious, or humanitarian objectives
  • Hedge fund managers driven by a desire for short-term gain
  • Individual investors with outspoken personal beliefs


Activist Investor (Corporate Finance Institute)
Activist Investor (Investopedia)