The KIRKBI name dates back to the 1980s when it was adopted for the Kirk Kristiansen family’s investment company – until then known under various LEGO names – to underline the difference between the LEGO activities and the family’s investment activities.
The name is a combination of the family name KIRK and the location of the company in Billund, Denmark. Since 2007, the majority of the Kirk Kristiansen family’s investment activities have been combined in KIRKBI A/S.
The LEGO story began in Denmark back in 1932. Ole Kirk Kristiansen started making wooden toys in his workshop in Billund and from 1934 he sold them as LEGO toys. Today, his grandson Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen - third generation - owns the world famous toy company together with his three children.
Over the years new activities have developed and others have stopped, but in spite of all changes the family ownership as well as the long-term perspective and the fundamental values rooted in the family have been a steady force and a driver behind the endurance of the LEGO Group.