Who We Are
Ganz was founded in 1950, by Sam Ganz and his two sons. This third generation family business has grown into an internationally recognized giftware and plush company, still owned and operated by the family. Sam Ganz remains active within the company, son Howard serves as president and daughter Mindy heads Webkinz Foundation.
In April 2005, Ganz launched the Webkinz World® site. Every Webkinz® pet comes with a secret code that is used to log into Webkinz World. Once there, children can feed and care for their virtual Webkinz™ pets, decorate and furnish rooms for their pets, enter challenges, play games and do odd jobs to earn KinzCash—the virtual currency which pays for food, clothing and treats.
The ongoing success of Webkinz pets and related merchandise has allowed the Ganz family to launch Webkinz Foundation, a charitable organization focused on supporting programs for children worldwide.