Definition: Direct investor
Balance of Payments, IMF
Direct investor may be individuals; incorporated or incorporated private or public enterprises; associated groups of individuals or enterprises; governments or government agencies: or estates, trusts, or other organizations that own direct investment enterprises in economies other than those in which the direct investors reside. The members of an associated group of individuals or enterprises are, through their combined ownership of 10 percent or more, deemed to have an influence on management that is similar to the influence of an individual with the same degree of ownership.
International Monetary Fund (IMF), "Balance of Payments Manual" (BOP), Fifth Edition, Washington D.C., 1993