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Godtfred Kirk Christiansen
Godtfred
Gender: Male
Job: Co Founder Of the LEGO Company
Date of Birth: July 8, 1920
Date of Death: July 13, 1995 (Aged 76)
Nationality: Danish
Notable: Junior Vice President of the LEGO company (1950)
Managing Director (1960)


Godtfred Kirk Christiansen (July 8, 1920July 13, 1995) was the third son of Ole Kirk Christiansen, the founder of the LEGO Group. He was married to Edith Kirk Christiansen. Godtfred and Edith had three children, Gunhild Kirk Johansen, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Hanne Christiansen. Box Art designs from the 1950’s show all three of their children playing with LEGO bricks

Lego-dimensions patent

Godtfred's patent on the LEGO Brick.

In 1950 on his 31st birthday, Godtfred was made Junior Vice President and Junior Managing Director of the company. He was given a hand-written letter signed by the entire family:

"Sincere best wishes on the Big Day. We want you to know we appreciate and are grateful for what you have done for the company so far. Confident that you will continue to do your best in the interest of the LEGO name, we hereby appoint you today, Saturday, July 8, 1950, junior managing director of A/S LEGO and A/S Kirk Christiansen."

In 1956, he was appointed Managing Director. When his father died in 1958, He became President of the board of directors, and by 1960 Godtfred had bought out his three brothers, Johannes Christiansen, Karl Georg Kirk Christiansen, and Gerhardt Kirk Christiansen, to become sole proprietor of the LEGO Group.

In October 1969 Hanne and Kjeld were driving home from a movie in the neighboring town of Give. Their car skidded off the road and hit a tree. Hanne was killed and Kjeld was seriously injured. The tragedy so shook Godtfred that at the time, he seriously considered selling the company.

Kjeld became president and CEO of the LEGO Group in 1979.

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