Ole Kirk Christiansen

Danish businessman (1891-1958)

Ole Kirk Christiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958) was the founder of Lego in 1949.

Ole Kirk Christiansen
Ole Kirk Christiansen
Born(1891-04-07)7 April 1891
Filskov, Denmark
Died11 March 1958(1958-03-11) (aged 66)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Years active1949-1958
Known forFounding the Lego company.

Christiansen was born on 7 April 1891 in Filskov, Denmark.[1] He first worked as a carpenter and later started creating unsuccessful toys for kids in Denmark after his wife's death and had to raise four of his children on his own. He was working as a carpenter until creating Lego in 1949. Christiansen died on 11 March 1958 from a heart attack, aged 66.


  1. Mary Bellis (1 May 1954). "lego group timeline". Inventors.about.com. Retrieved 30 May 2011.

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