Ken Johnson



In 1979 Ken Johnson started a game manufacturing company in his parent's basement producing games he invented. He experienced some success with his first games.

Ken's Biography

H is big success came in 1982 when Ken set out to design a new card game. Upon seeing the success of Uno, he wanted to design a card game that could achieve similar success. After just a couple of days sequestered in his apartment, he came up with the Phase 10 card game. His first customers included K-Mart and Meijer stores.

In 1987 Ken licensed the manufacturing and distribution rights of Phase 10 and began receiving royalties from the worldwide sales. It is now produced by Mattel, is sold in over 30 countries, and is the 2nd best selling card game in the world.

In the summer of 2012, Ken celebrated Phase 10's 30th Anniversary!

In 2012, Ken was nominated for a TAGIE award – the Oscar of the Toy and Game industry.

Ken lives in Franklin, Michigan with his wife of 18 years and their 7 year old son. He currently owns two other businesses. Ken has been a guest speaker at inventor clubs across the country, and provides support and resources for inventors.


Everything you need for success is within you, everything outside you is either a tool or an obstacle.