Lego History - "Lego," an abbreviation of the Danish words "leg godt," or "play well." - The Lego Group is now the fourth largest toy manufacturer in the world. It's a privately owned business that employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. About 150 designers of 18 nationalities design and plan the elements for all the different Lego sets. These sets are sold in more than 130 countries. But the company started as a small family operation.