Our LEGO Heritage
We benefit from more than 80 years of LEGO Group experience, the strong reputation of the LEGO® brand, and an unwavering focus on a positive impact on children and society.
We share a mission with the LEGO Group: inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.
The story of the LEGO Group is a story of three generations of family ownership. Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a carpenter, founded the company in 1932. He came up with the name LEGO from the Danish words ”leg godt” which means "play well" and the company grew to become the LEGO Group.
Today, his grandson, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, is the owner of the LEGO Group and the deputy chairman of the LEGO Foundation board. Common to all three generations is an unwavering focus on play, creativity and children’s development.
As part of the ongoing commitment to giving children better opportunities to reach their full potential, the LEGO Group owner family is actively engaged in the LEGO Foundation board of directors and has chosen to transfer ownership of 25% of the Group to the LEGO Foundation. This is how we fund our activities.