a vested interest
Meaning: If you have a vested interest in something, you have a strong personal interest in it because you stand to gain from it.
- The Minister of Commerce is suspected of having vested interests in several companies that have won big government contracts recently.
- As both a shareholder in a publishing company and a published author, the newspaper's book reviewer is seen as having vested interests in certain publishers.
Which type of person is most often accused of corruption involving vested interests in companies?