Born in 1946, shareholder of the news channel N24, longtime editor-in-chief of the news magazine Der Spiegel and founder and director of Spiegel TV. Since 2014 publisher of Die Welt.
From 1966 to 1969 editor of the magazine konkret. From 1970 to 1985, Aust worked for Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), especially for the television magazine Panorama. Numerous TV documentaries. Screenplay of the movie “Stammheim” (1986), which won the Golden Bear. Author of numerous books, including the international bestseller "The Baader Meinhof Complex," which was adapted to film in 2008 by Bernd Eichinger and was nominated for an Oscar.