KIRKBI has its roots in an exciting history. In 1932, Ole Kirk Kristiansen started making wooden toys in his workshop in Billund, Denmark, and from 1934, he sold them as LEGO toys. 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 LEGO activities and the family’s investment activities.
Since 2007, the majority of the Kirk Kristiansen family’s investment activities have been combined in KIRKBI A/S and today, Ole Kirk Kristiansen’s grandson, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (third generation), owns 75% of the LEGO Group through KIRKBI A/S together with the three children, Sofie Kirk Kristiansen, Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen (fourth generation).
The company name is a combination of the family name KIRK and the location of the company in Billund, Denmark.
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 entire LEGO ecosystem - the LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation, LEGO Education and KIRKBI.