Dick DeVos is a well-established entrepreneur who has is recognized as one of the most generous people in Michigan. He is also a supporter of the Republican Party and has been offering financial aid to some of its candidates. Dick is married and his wife, Betsy DeVos, has been acting as a business partner. They have been joining efforts in running their enterprises and philanthropic undertakings that they conduct through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. DeVos and his wife established the organization to focus on the facilitating education, justice, leadership, and Christian-based missions. Dick comes from one of the Michigan’s wealthiest families. He is the son of Richard DeVos, a successful businessman who owns Amway and Orlando Magic. His father has a net worth of $5.1 billion is among the top 100 richest persons in the United States.
Amway is a profitable multinational corporation that develops and distributes a wide array of health products. The total revenue of the firm in 2016 was over $9.5 billion. Dick DeVos was hired by Amway in 1979, and his excellence enabled him to be appointed as its vice president in 1984. He was later made the president and CEO of the Orlando Magic basketball club after it was bought by his family in 1991. Dick acted as the club’s head for two years and then left to serve the Windquest Group, which is a firm that he founded.
DeVos had a short career as a politician. The won the nominations of the Republican Party to run for the gubernatorial office in Michigan in 2006. In his manifesto, he planned to minimize taxes so that the state would have an excellent environment for doing business. Jennifer Granholm, who was a Democratic Party candidate, won the election at that time. Dick, however, had good plans for the city and he was even supported by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
The businessman and his wife have been acknowledged for their outstanding commitment to improving the education sector. His family’s charity organization has given millions of dollars to different charter, Christian, and public schools. They are committed to making sure that American children have a chance of having an education that can shape their future. Dick helped in establishing the Education Freedom Fund, which was created to provide grants and scholarships to children from low-income backgrounds. His family foundation gave $11.6 million to charity in 2016, and $3 million went to Christian related activities.
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