Dick DeVos’ Illustrious Career

Richard DeVos, Jr. (also commonly called “Dick”) is a commercial and industrial professional who was born on October 21st, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His father is Richard DeVos, Sr., who was born roughly 29 years before him in 1926. DeVos, Sr. was one of the people who established the Amway Corporation. This is a prominent network sales firm that hires dealers to handle all of their distribution needs. The Amway Corporation specializes in sales of personal care, household and health items, for example.

The younger Dick DeVos started his career with Amway in the mid-seventies. He assumed roles in operational divisions for the company. He earned a vice president position after a decade there. His duties as vice president involved managing Amway’s business in 18 nations.

DeVos exited Amway at the end of the eighties. That’s when he began a totally new business called “The Windquest Group.” This company focused on storage supplies for closets. The Windquest Group both created and promoted these products.

The senior DeVos gave his son the chance to run a popular basketball franchise in 1991. This franchise was for the famed NBA (National Basketball Association) team the Orlando Magic. Although DeVos took this position, he didn’t end his work for The Windquest Group.

DeVos went back to his Amway roots in 1993. He then became the corporation’s new president. He was his father’s successor. Devos initiated structural changes for the company when the year 2000 rolled around. He supervised the process. This brought on the creation of an umbrella company by the name of “Alticor Corporation.” This brand new corporation was made up of Amway, the Access Business Group and the Quixtar Corporation. DeVos stopped working for Alticor two years later in 2002. He wanted to focus exclusively on the Windquest Group’s needs. He also wanted to focus more on political matters. DeVos began a political career in 2006. He was the Republican candidate in the race for the role of Michigan governor. DeVos’ wife is Elizabeth Prince, who used to serve as the Michigan Republican Party’s chairperson.

Philanthropy is a big part of DeVos’ life. He’s the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation’s president. This organization focuses on educational, artistic, civic and community matters.

DeVos and his wife share four children together. They are Ryan, Andrea, Elissa and Rick. Elizabeth’s father is Edgar Prince who is notable for creating and owning Holland, Michigan’s “The Prince Corporation.”