Richard Marvin DeVos Jr. popularly known as Dick DeVos is an American businessman, philanthropist, and author from Michigan. Born on October 1955, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he began working in his father’s company, Amway Corporation. He studied at Forest Hills public school system and Northwood University. He rose to become president of Amway in 1993, a position he held until 2002. During this period, he was solely responsible for all activities of the company in over 50 countries. His leadership saw him triple international sales by penetrating new markets.
Dick DeVos started a firm in 1989, the Windquest Group, which majored in the manufacture and distribution of closet organizers. He is the current administrator of The Windquest Group and the firm today has diversified interests in hospitality, manufacturing, technology, clean-tech industry, and nonprofit solutions. In 1991, his family acquired Orlando Pirates and DeVos was President and CEO of the NBA team for three years. In 2006, he decided to join competitive politics, and he vied in the elections for the Governor of Michigan on a Republican ticket. As an author, his books, ‘Believe!’ And ‘Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People’ among others are available at Amazon for purchase.
Dick DeVos is married to Elizabeth DeVos, or just Betsy DeVos and they have seven children. Betsy was recently appointed as Secretary of Education by new President, Trump. Together, the couple started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation through which they have donated millions to civic, educational, and religious projects since 1990.
DeVos is credited to have started the country’s first charter school offering aviation classes, West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is located at the Gerald Ford Airport. Furthermore, Dick DeVos founded the Education Freedom Fund which has awarded thousands of deserving Michigan children with scholarships. His passion for better education saw him serve on the Michigan state’s Board of Education. He has worked tirelessly to improve the health care system in Michigan with the construction of a Heart Hospital to the tune of $130 million and a $90 million Medical School. He has aided the revival of Grand Rapids’ downtown with the construction of a $30 million Market, a $212 million Convention Centre and a $75 million Downtown Arena. The couple’s foundation has also injected massive funding into arts. A good example is Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management which has received donations over $22.5 million geared towards supporting children with talents to exploit their full potential. Dick DeVos is genuinely a generous man who loves giving to charity.
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