After commercial training and study of macro-economics in Kiel, Richard Bruhn was a director of various German industrial companies. When Auto Union AG was established, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management. He guided the company with great competence to its position as one of the leading motor-vehicle manufacturing groups in the pre-war German Reich.
Rebuilding after the war
After the Second World War it was Bruhn’s high reputation that made it possible to obtain the credit needed to re-establish the Auto Union in Ingolstadt and Düsseldorf, although no security was available. Between 1949 and 1956 Dr. Richard Bruhn was Chairman of the Board of Management of Auto Union GmbH. He retired on November 6, 1956 and died on July 8, 1964 in Düsseldorf.