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A Walmart delivery truck traveling over the Great Plains. Image credit: iStock/Thinkstock.

Despite Walmart's (NYSE:WMT) issues over the last few years, ranging from empty shelves to allegations of bribery abroad, the nation's leading investors and money managers continue to hold substantial positions in the discount retailer. Its top five institutional shareholders (i.e., excluding members of the founding Walton family) control $17.6 billion worth of its outstanding common stock, equating to an ownership interest of 9.3%.

The concentration of ownership atopWalmart is sizable, but it pales in comparison to other large publicly traded companies such as Procter & Gamble  (NYSE:PG) and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC):

  • Procter & Gamble's five biggest shareholders control 16.8% of the consumer goods company's outstanding stock. That equates to $32.8 billion worth of its shares -- click here to see the five biggest owners of Procter & Gamble's stock.
  • Bank of America's five biggest stockholders own 16.9% of its stock. The total dollar value of their combined stake translates into $27.4 billion worth of shares in the nation's second biggest bank by assets -- click here to see the five biggest owners of Bank of America's stock.

It's also worth pointing out that all three of these companies are major holdings of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B). The Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate is the third biggest investor inWalmart, the fourth biggest in Procter & Gamble, and the biggest in Bank of America -- regarding B of A, this assumes that you translate Berkshire Hathaway's warrants to purchase the bank's stock into actual shares.

So, who areWalmart'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 for Procter & Gamble, Bank of America, and Berkshire Hathaway -- was sourced from Yahoo! Finance on Dec. 1, 2015. Slideshow image source: iStock/Thinkstock.

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