Dr Richard Bruhn was born on 25 June 1886 in Cismar, Eastern Holstein. After commercial training and studying macroeconomics in Kiel, he was a director of various German industrial companies.
From 1930 onwards, on behalf of the State Bank of Saxony, he conducted the lengthy negotiations regarding the amalgamation of the four Saxon car manufacturers Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. In June 1932, these ultimately led to the founding of Auto Union AG in Chemnitz.
When Auto Union AG was established, Dr Richard Bruhn was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management. During the Second World War, he was responsible for the company and therefore also bore the responsibility for the deployment of forced labourers, concentration camp prisoners and prisoners of war at Auto Union AG.
Following the Second World War, his contacts enabled him to obtain the credit needed to re-build Auto Union from the ground up in Ingolstadt and Düsseldorf. Between 1949 and 1956, Dr Richard Bruhn was Chairman of the Board of Management of Auto Union GmbH. He retired on 6 November 1956 and died on 8 July 1964 in Düsseldorf.