Dick DeVos is a highly respected and popular businessman and philanthropist in the United States. He, along with his wife, Betsy DeVos, has been in the news lately for their political funding and supporting political causes. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos support numerous charitable organizations and have their charity organization named Dick and Betsy Foundation. The couple has made generous donations of over $139 million in their lifetime, and they haven’t stopped yet. They are committed to the causes they support and firmly believe they can make a difference through persistence and perseverance, regardless the struggle.
Betsy DeVos made campaign backed political contributions of $5.3 Million to influence the education reform DeVoses have been fighting for long. Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos Sr, who is the co-founder of Amway Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of household, personal care, and consumer products.
Dick DeVos joined Amway Corporation in 1974 and served in various positions for the next ten years to understand the work culture, company’s different products, its business model, and to get the sense of the ethos of the company from scratch. In 1984, Dick DeVos was promoted to the post of Amway Corporation’s Vice President. As Vice President of the Corporation, he was responsible for managing the enterprise’s operation in 18 countries and helping it expand and generate higher revenue that he successfully achieved.
However, Dick DeVos left Amway in 1989 to found his company, Windquest Group, which deals in closet, foldable and storage organizers. He currently serves as the President of Windquest Group. He also holds many other positions, which include being the founder and Chairman of West Michigan Aviation Academy, Co-Chairman at Grand Action Committee, Vice Chairman of Willow Creek Association, and Board of Directors of Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Dick DeVos has also served as a trustee on the board of The Thunderbird School of International Management and as the President and CEO of Orlando Magic franchise that his father purchased in 1991.
Dick DeVos and his wife made donations of $3 Million towards education in the year 2015. The primary focus of the couple is to support educational reform and support charitable organizations that are active in improving the education system and helping meritorious students get the means to pursue higher education. Dick and Betsy also co-chair the Economic Freedom Fund that helps in providing monetary support to students who are meritorious. Few of the organizations they support includes Compass College of Cinematic Arts, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Living, Northwood University, and more.