English is not my mother tongue and when I was reading a book written in English, I've come across this sentence:

I own thirteen twenty-fourth shares in Crptipa Mining Corporation

I didn't understand how many shares the speaker owns.

It's from "The Liar's Key" by Mark Lawrence.

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A "share" is a fraction of ownership of a company. The ownership of this company has been divided into 24 parts. So each share is 1/24 (one twenty-fourth) of the company.

This person owns 13 such shares.

This means that they own over half the company. They have a controlling stake, and can overrule any other shareholders at the company meetings.

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