Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, who co-founded and owned Amway Corporation. It is a network sales firm that distributes its care, health, and household products through dealers. Dick started his work at Amway Corporation in 1974 where he held several positions at different levels of responsibility in the operations of the company’s departments. Dick was promoted in 1984 to become the vice president of the company, where he handled operations in 18 nations. He, however, left the corporation in 1989 to venture into his new business venture known as the Windquest Group. The Group manufactures and markets closet and storage organizers.
Dick was appointed by his father in 1991 as the manager of the Orlando Magic Basketball franchise. The DeVos family later acquired the franchise. He then returned to the Amway Corporation two years later. Dick formed an umbrella company known as Alticor Corporation, which was made up of the Access Business Group and the Quixtar Corporation. Dick later retired from Alticor to devote his time entirely to Windquest Group and political causes.
Dick DeVos ventured into politics in 2006. He vied for the governorship position in the state of Michigan on the Republican ticket. Dick was considered the wealthiest person to ever contend for the governor position in Michigan State. Consequently, Dick utilized his wealth to fund his quest for the seat having spent $40 million of his own money to support his campaigns. However, he lost by a 14 point margin to Jennifer Granholm.
Dick DeVos established the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that deals with justice, education, arts, and leadership development issues. The foundation has donated funds to various causes in the United States. The organization has an approximate of $62,144,974 in assets. It has given about $8,914,575 to multiple causes in the community.
The personal life of Dick
Dick DeVos is married to Betsy, Edgar Prince’s daughter who founded and owned the Prince Corporation of Holland. The couple has four kids and five grandchildren. They have been married for more than three decades. Betsy DeVos was appointed the secretary of education in 2017 in the Trump Administration. She is focusing on this position having stepped away from her foundation responsibilities. Betsy DeVos has been involved in several education reforms in the US as well as philanthropies together with her husband. She champions for top-notch education for students without discriminating them by their location and socioeconomic levels.
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