Charles Darrow (Inventor) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Charles Darrow

Charles Brace Darrow was an American best known as the reputed inventor of the Monopoly board game, which was based on Elizabeth Magie’s original design of The Landlord’s Game. He became the first millionaire game designer in history.

About Charles Darrow

Main developer and claimed inventor of the classic board game Monopoly who invented some of the iconic drawings such as the red GO arrow, the railroad locomotives, the water works faucet, the electric company light bulb, and chance question marks.

Before Fame

During the Stock Market Crash of 1929 he lost his job at a sales company.


A plaque was placed on The Boardwalk of Atlantic City following his death in his honor.

Family Life

He recruited his wife Ester and son William to help develop the game.


He first pitched the game to Milton Bradley before The Parker Brothers eventually bought the rights.

Information related to Charles Darrow

  • History of the board game Monopoly – The history of the board game Monopoly can be traced back to the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly, known as The Landlord’s Game, was designed by an American, Elizabeth Magie, and first patented in 1904 but existed as early as 1902.
  • Monopoly (game)
  • Germantown Academy alumni
  • American salespeople
  • Board game designers
  • Artists from Philadelphia

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