This month marks a momentous occasion in the extraordinary life of Len Ainsworth who has reached the remarkable milestone of his 100th birthday.
A visionary and pioneer, Mr Ainsworth is recognised around the world as a true icon of the gaming industry whose contributions have shaped the gaming landscape as we see it today.
Born in Kempsey, NSW Australia on July 11th 1923, Leonard Hastings Ainsworth possessed an insatiable curiosity and an unyielding determination to carve a path in the world. Originally commencing his working life manufacturing and supplying dental equipment, he envisaged and pursued the development of gaming equipment where his legacy in the gaming industry began.
In 1953, Mr Ainsworth founded Aristocrat Leisure Industries which became one of the world’s largest gaming companies. Following a 1984 diagnosis of prostate cancer, Mr Ainsworth transferred his ownership in Aristocrat to his family to ensure his legacy continued into the future. However, following a clear diagnosis thereafter, he knew he had more to offer the industry he fell in love with, so in 1995, he founded his second gaming company Ainsworth Game Technology. Mr Ainsworth dedicated his career to creating innovative, cutting-edge gaming solutions that would revolutionise the way people engage with slot machines and other gaming products.
On his 100th birthday Mr. Ainsworth would like to express his gratitude for the success he has enjoyed and the support he received from his family, friends, and many colleagues.
“I feel privileged to have reached this milestone and to have seen how the gaming industry has evolved and flourished over the years. I have been fortunate in establishing a worldwide reputation for quality equipment that continues to lead the field and that pleases me to no end. I have worked with many great people along the way, without them none of it would be possible.” said Mr Ainsworth.
Beyond his remarkable professional achievements, Mr Ainsworth’s understands the profound responsibility that comes with success and made it a priority to give back. A passionate philanthropist he established the Ainsworth Foundation which generously supports the Australian community most notably in medical research, education, healthcare, and various other social causes, leaving an enduring impact on countless lives. “Personally, I’m most proud that my good fortune enables me to support so many worthwhile causes” he said.
Mr Ainsworth’s legacy extends far beyond his business endeavours and philanthropy. Heembodied the qualities of a true leader—inspiring those around him, fostering a culture of creativity and innovation and empowering individuals to reach their full potential. His mentoring and guidance have shaped the careers of numerous industry professionals who continue to carry his vision forward.
Danny Gladstone, Chairman, Ainsworth Game Technology said, “I started my career in the gaming industry 50 years ago working for Len. It was a privilege to then have the opportunity to work with him again 16 years ago at Ainsworth and build on his legacy. He is a true icon globally and our industry would not be what it is without him. I wish him all the very best on his 100th birthday.”
This month, as we celebrate Mr Ainsworth’s 100th birthday, we honour a man whose impact extends far beyond his years, and his vision will continue to inspire and guide us in the years to come. Mr Ainsworth’s commitment to excellence, and innovation serves as a blueprint for success in business and life.
“On behalf of the entire Ainsworth Game Technology family and the gaming industry, we extend our warmest wishes to Len on this momentous occasion,” said Harald Neumann, CEO Ainsworth Game Technology. “His unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and outstanding leadership have been instrumental in shaping our company and the industry as a whole. We are grateful for his profound contributions and are inspired to continue his legacy of excellence.”