Emil Georg Bührle

Emil Georg Bührle (31 August 1890 in Pforzheim – November 26, 1956 in Zürich) was an industrialist, art collector and patron. His art collection is now housed in the Foundation E.G. Bührle.

After studying philosophy, literature, history and art history in Freiburg, Bührle went to Munich. From 1914 to 1919 he was a German cavalry officer in the imperial army. In 1919 he joined the Magdeburg Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik and rose up to the attorney. The Magdeburger Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik bought the Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik Oerlikon in 1923, and Bührle became the CEO the following year. In the same year he was moved to Zurich. In 1929, Bührle became the majority shareholder of Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik Oerlikon in 1936 and sole owner of the company (later Oerlikon-Bührle Holding AG). Also in 1936, Bührle obtained Swiss citizenship.

From the 1920 marriage with Charlotte closed Schalk came two children. The following foundations are Emil Bührle attributed G.: "Emil Bührle Foundation for the Swiss literature" (1943), "Goethe Foundation for Art and Science" (1944) and the Foundation of the cultivation of the Kunsthaus Zurich (1954).

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