When you ask people who Dick DeVos is, most people would say that he is that man whose father started Amway. Although that is true, it is also true that Dick DeVos served as the CEO of Amway from 1993 to 2002. Dick DeVos expanded the operations of Amway to over 50 countries. Through restructuring and establishing a parent company, Amway had global sales of $4.5 billion. The DeVos family has been listed as one of the richest families in the US for a number of years.
His father had purchased the NBA team, Orlando Magic, and in 2005, Dick DeVos became part owner of the team.
One of the ventures in which DeVos is heavily engaged is Windquest, a green solution to the generation of electricity. It uses the heat that is generated as a by-product of manufacturing to produce electricity. It has been called “The Green Machine.”
After election to the Michigan State Board of Education, he was appointed by Governor John Engley to the Grand Valley State University Board of Control.
In 1993, Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy, who was later to become the Secretary of Education under President Trump, became co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund, which provides scholarships to low-income students.
He ran for governor of Michigan in 2006, but met defeat on election eve, when the incumbent, Jennifer Granholm, won by a 14 per cent margin.
Together with his wife, Dick DeVos operates a number of charities and funding organizations, donating millions of dollars and many hour of time to such organizations. They include arts and religion, education and economic charities and organizations.
He opened the first aviation public charter high school in 2010, the West Michigan Aviation Academy. When asked why it was a charter school, Dick DeVos explained that it was a charter school in order to make it free for the public, instead of a private school. This will allow more attendees, DeVos has said.
Dick DeVos was the author of the book, Rediscovering American Values, a New York Times Bestseller. The book is about Dick DeVos’ belief that people can solve their problems independently of government intervention.
Dick DeVos is currently a member and a founder of a number of charitable organizations.
Visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/ to learn more.