Franz Josef was born in Vienna back in 1886. In 1901, the family moved to Brno where he received his education graduating with an engineering degree in 1909. After graduation, he returned to Vienna working for AEG-Union as an electrical engineer. He joined the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Aviation Troop as a marine engineer during WWI.
In 1916, you could find him working for the Austrian Navy to supervise the production for aircraft engines. After the war, he was hired by an upcoming company to expand engines being built to use in automobiles and motorcycles.
In 1933, under pressure from Gauleiter Wagner he joined the Nazi Party. He allowed his family to be treated by a Jewish family doctor which of course caught the attention of the local authorities. As the war progressed there was a shortage of raw materials causing the company he worked for to be on the brink of closing the doors. Thankfully, that did not happen as the company survived and is still in operation to this day.
What you may not know about Franz Josef Popp is that he was one of the three men responsible for the founding of Bayerische Motoren Werke, or what we now call BMW. He was the First General Director of BMW holding that position from 1922 to 1942. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, pass it on to someone in need