Legos were invented in Denmark by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a carpenter and wooden toymaker, according to Lego. The toy's name means "play well" in Danish. The company is now owned by the founder's grandchild, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and is one of the largest producers of toys in the world.
Kristiansen's modest workshop first began producing wooden toys in 1932, reports Wikipedia. The company started making plastic toys in 1947, and the first Lego brick was introduced and patented in 1958. In 2015, the Lego company was ranked the world's most powerful brand, according to Forbes. The toymaker, which supplanted Ferrari from the top position, employs gender-neutral advertising to promote its plastic, interlocking building blocks.