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How to Find Owners of Companies

Updated February 21, 2017

Owners of companies can be individuals or another company or corporation, depending on the type of business. Finding who owns a company also might depend if the company is publicly listed on a stock exchange or is privately owned. You generally can find the owner of a company by using various sources found on the internet.

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  1. If you have the company's website address, you can go there directly on the internet.

  2. If you don't have the company's website address, type the company's name in an internet search engine, and see if the company's website appears on the search results.

  3. Click on the link for the company's website.

  4. Scroll through the home page to see if there is a link to an "About Us" or "Contact us" page.

  5. Click on the link to see if the owner's name is listed in the description of the company or as a contact.

  6. Type in "hoovers" into a search engine, or type "http://hoovers.com" into your web browser.

  7. Click on the link for Hoovers in the search results, or press the "Enter" key on the keyboard after typing the website address into your web browser.

  8. Type in the name of the company into the search box on the main page, and press the "Enter" key. You also can click the icon immediately to the right of the search box.

  9. Click the link for the company name from the search results. You will see results from Hoover's Company Name Matches and D & B Results (Dun & Bradstreet).

  10. Go to the Secretary of State website for your particular state and perform a business-entity search. You can use the "secstates.com" website to find the business search page for the Secretary of State for your state.

  11. Click on the link for your particular state. You will see a link to the business-entity search page.

  12. Click on your state's link, then enter the company name in the search box. Click on the "Submit" or "Search" button to see a list of businesses.

  13. Click on the link for the business to see the company's information on file with the state.

  14. Tip

    Information for publicly traded companies will include the executives of the company. Stockholders are the typical "owners" of a publicly traded company.


    Hoovers will require a registration fee to find detailed information about a company. Business that are registered in another state will not appear in the business-entity search for your state.

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About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.

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