Three generations

The LEGO Foundation shares the mission of inspiring and developing the builders of tomorrow with the LEGO Group. As part of the LEGO family, we benefit from more than 85 years of insight into children and play, the strong LEGO brand and an unwavering focus on making a positive impact on children and society at large.

The story of the LEGO Group spans four generations of family ownership. It all began back in 1932, when carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen founded the company. He called it LEGO from the Danish words ‘leg godt’ which means ‘play well” and the company grew from humble beginnings to become the LEGO Group.

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.

Today, Ole Kirk Kristiansen’s grandson, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, is the owner of the LEGO Group and the deputy chairman of the LEGO Foundation board. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s son, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, is chairman of the LEGO Foundation board.

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