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Karl Rapp Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Karl Friedrich Rapp
Place Of Birth
, Germany
141 years old
Birth Date
September 24 1882

Karl Rapp Facts

Child Star?
Engineer, Entrepreneur
Education & Qualifications
Net Worth

About Karl Rapp

Karl Friedrich Rapp is a famous entrepreneur well known as the founder of the car company Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH.

German entrepreneur and engineer Karl Rapp was born on September 24, 1882, in Ehingen (of the then German Empire) Germany. With his keen interest in engineering, Rapp began learning about the profession at a young age and later worked for Züp automotive company.

After some years of working, Karl Rapp founded Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH with Julius Auspitzer. Later the company became Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH (BMW GmbH). Karl Rapp and Ferdinand Porsche are well known for their enormous impacts on the automobile world. Rapp died on 26 May 1962 in Locarno, Switzerland.

Discover more about Karl Rapp's career, bio, net worth, and every other trivia, including the creation of BMW and his work at the car company Daimler-Benz.

Karl Rapp Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Karl Rapp’s net worth?

Karl Rapp's net worth was approximately $5 million. He got his wealth working as an engineer and founder of his company Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH.

How much did Karl Rapp earn per year?

Currently, there is no information regarding Karl Rapp's annual income.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Karl Rapp?

Information regarding Karl Rapp's height is currently unavailable.

How old was Karl Rapp?

Karl Rapp was born on September 24 in Germany. He died on May 26, 1962, at age 79.

Childhood And Education

Karl Friedrich Rapp was born on September 24, 1882, to German parents in Ehingen, Germany. It is unclear how he spent his early life, childhood, and adolescent years. However, it is known that due to his keen interest in engineering, Rapp began learning about the engineering profession at a young age. He was later employed by Züp automotive company, where he worked from 1908-1911.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Karl Rapp’s partner?

Information regarding Karl Rapp's partner, marriage, and children are currently unavailable.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known As…

Karl Rapp is best known as a German entrepreneur, engineer, and indirect founder of BMW.

It is believed that after Karl Rapp worked at Züp automotive company for about three years, he moved to the car company Daimler-Benz (then called Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft) and worked there as a technical designer. After a few months of working at Daimler-Benz, Rapp moved to Flugwerk Deutschland GmbH, where he headed a company branch.

Flugwerk Deutschland GmbH transferred its headquarters to Brand near Aachen and began establishing branches in Germany. An aero-engine production branch was established at Schleissheimer Straße 288, Munich-Milbertshofen. With this development, Karl Rapp and Joseph Wirth were given the jurisdiction of an attorney to be a representative of the company in Munich. Rapp worked as the engineer and operations of the company and was involved in the construction of a monoplane and several biplanes. He also designed several aero-engines, including the FD 1416 aero-engine. However, the company liquidated and wound up operations in August 1916.

After the liquidation of Flugwerk Deutschland GmbH, Karl Rapp alongside Julius Auspitzer founded the Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH on April 29, 1913. With a capital stock of RM 200,000 (RM meaning Reichsmark), the company started on the site of Flugwerk Deutschland after its liquidation. Auspitzer was the company's sole shareholder, while Rapp was at the helm of operations of the company. The idea and primary goal of the new company was to build and sell different internal combustion engine varieties for aircraft and motor vehicles.

In 1915, the company expanded, employing 370 workers. Different aircraft prototypes were built by Rapp Motorenwerke but were unsuccessful because of their weak designs. Despite all these, the company gained a particular reputation and became one of the vital Bavarian companies at the beginning of the First World War.

Karl Rapp resigned from the company as the company approached a peak of success. He resigned around the time the Prussian Army Administration decided to order about 600 units of the BBE (an innovative high-altitude aero-engine originated by Max Friz), which could have appropriately reorganized the company's legal structure. It is believed that Karl resigned due to ill-health, and immediately after his resignation was accepted, Rapp Motorenwerke Gmbh became Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH (BMW GmbH). Franz Josef Popp became Rapp's successor on October 4, 1917. Later, a new company took over the affairs of the employees and the manufacturing facilities, and BBE became a massive success under BMW IIIa.

After his departure, Karl Rapp became employed again. He became the head of the Aeroengine Department and chief engineer of L.A. Riedlinger Machine Factory. The German founder and entrepreneur left Germany for Switzerland in 1934. He ran small solar research and observations before his death in 1962 in Locarno, Switzerland.

Other Interesting Karl Rapp Facts And Trivia

  • There are no records of his parents, siblings, marriage, and children.
  • Karl Rapp lived the rest of his life running small solar research after living in Germany in 1934.

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