Godtfred Kirk Christiansen

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Godtfred Kirk Christiansen
2nd Leader of The Lego Group
In office
11 March 1958(1958-03-11) (aged 38) – June 13, 1995(1995-06-13) (aged 75)
Preceded by Ole Kirk Christiansen
Succeeded by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen
Personal details
Born (1919-07-08)July 8, 1919
Died June 13, 1995(1995-06-13) (aged 75)
Nationality Danish
Spouse(s) Edith Kirk Christiansen
Relations Father:Ole Kirk Christiansen
Mother:Kirstine Sørensen
Brother:Johannes Christiansen
Brother:Karl Georg Kirk Christiansen
Brother:Gerhardt Kirk Christiansen
Sister: Ulla Skov
Children 1st:Gunhild Kirk Johansen
2nd:Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen
3rd:Hanne Christiansen
Occupation Businessperson

Godtfred Kirk Christiansen (July 8, 1919 – July 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 3 children, Gunhild Kirk Johansen, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Hanne Christiansen. Box Art designs from the 1950s show all three of their children playing with LEGO bricks

In 1950, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen became Junior Vice President of the company on his 31st birthday. From the 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."

After being appointed Junior Managing Director from 1950, he was appointed Managing Director in 1956. When his father died in 1958, He became President of the board of directors, and by 1960 Godtfred had bought out his three brothers 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 he seriously considered selling the company. His son, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, became president and CEO of the LEGO Group in 1979.

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