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Ole Kirk Christiansen

1891 - 1958

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Ole Kirk Kristiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958) was a Danish carpenter. In 1932, he founded the construction toy company The Lego Group. Over the course of his working life, Kristiansen developed his business from a small woodworking shop that sold household products into a wooden toy manufacturer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ole Kirk Christiansen has received more than 1,118,996 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Ole Kirk Christiansen is the 84th most popular businessperson (up from 102nd in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from Denmark (up from 115th in 2019) and the most popular Danish Businessperson.

Ole Kirk Christiansen was a Danish carpenter who founded the Lego company. He is most famous for inventing the Lego brick, which is the most iconic toy of all time.

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Among businesspeople, Ole Kirk Christiansen ranks 84 out of 601Before him are Li Ka-shing, Adnan Khashoggi, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Larry Flynt, Stanley Rous, and Mohamed Al-Fayed. After him are Ferdinand Piëch, Robert Guérin, Flavio Briatore, Paul Reuter, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Madam C. J. Walker.

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Among people born in 1891, Ole Kirk Christiansen ranks 30Before him are John Howard Northrop, Alexander Rodchenko, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, Edward Bernays, Fumimaro Konoe, and Osip Mandelstam. After him are Frank Costello, Alexander Wienerberger, Michael Chekhov, Pier Luigi Nervi, Cole Porter, and Hans Reichenbach. Among people deceased in 1958, Ole Kirk Christiansen ranks 21Before him are Maurice Gamelin, Milutin Milanković, G. E. Moore, Giacomo Balla, Rudolf von Laban, and Georges Rouault. After him are Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Edna Purviance, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, André Bazin, Ernst Heinkel, and Abul Kalam Azad.

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Among people born in Denmark, Ole Kirk Christiansen ranks 91 out of 893Before him are Michael Laudrup (1964), Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847), Valdemar III of Denmark (1314), Peter Schmeichel (1963), Asta Nielsen (1881), and Sweyn III of Denmark (1125). After him are Christopher I of Denmark (1219), Princess Thyra of Denmark (1853), Eric II of Denmark (1090), Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark (1900), Christian Jürgensen Thomsen (1788), and Ejnar Hertzsprung (1873).


Among businesspeople born in Denmark, Ole Kirk Christiansen ranks 1After him are Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (1913), Paul Elvstrøm (1928), J. C. Jacobsen (1811), Jakob Nielsen (1957), Anders Hejlsberg (1960), and Janus Friis (1976).