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The ongoing divestiture of General Electric's (NYSE:GE) finance unit hasn't soured appetite for its stock among the nation's biggest and most sophisticated investors. Its top five shareholders control $48.8 billion worth of its outstanding common stock, equating to an ownership interest of 15.9%.

There's no question that this is a large stake, but it's still meaningfully smaller than combined positions of the five biggest shareholders of other large publicly traded companies, such as General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Deere & Co. (NYSE:DE):

  • General Motors' five biggest shareholders control 20% of the automaker's outstanding stock. That equates to $9.5 billion worth of General Motors shares.
  • Deere & Co.'s five biggest stockholders own 21.1% of its stock. The total dollar value of their stakes translates into $5.8 billion worth of Deere & Co. shares.

So, who are General Electric's five biggest shareholders? You can find the answer to this question in the brief slideshow below.

Data in the slideshow, as well as the ownership data about General Motors and Deere & Co., was sourced from Yahoo! Finance on Nov. 16, 2015.

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