Born in Michigan, Dick Devos is an Amway heir. His father, Richard DeVos, is the owner of Amway, NBA’s Orlando Magic, and a minority shareholder of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Dick’s wife is the current U.S Secretary of Education. He is a father of four children, and they have always supported him in his charity work. Dick has a BA in Business Administration from Northwood University
With support from his wife and children, Dick founded the Betsy and Dick Devos Family Foundation in 1989. The organization’s goal is to promote the arts, leadership, education and community-based projects. In this regard, Devos has made considerable contributions to both conservative and Republican causes. Some of his major contributions include a $20,000 donation that he gave to Citizens for the Protection of Marriage, which is an organization that campaigns against same-sex marriages. The has also supported the American Dream PAC. Devos gave $1 million to fund the re-election of various Republican candidates.
The Devos family contributed $90.9 million by 2013. The education sector received 48 percent, health and community-based projects got 27 percent, 12 percent was offered to arts and culture, and 13 percent went to churches and faith-based groups. To accomplish his philanthropic goal, the Betsy and Dick Foundation relied on several principles, which include using peer pressure in collecting more donations and providing organizations that receive its finances with strategic advice. By doing this, Dick has been able to extend his influence through board contacts and many other channels.
Apart from his philanthropy work, Dick once indulged in politics by running for Michigan’s governor position on a Republican ticket. Being among the wealthiest people in Michigan, he financed his campaign to the tune of $40 million. Despite his immense monetary ability, Dick lost the election to Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat.
Dick Devos began his professional career in 1974 working at Amway Corporation. While at Amway he held various management positions. In 1984, he became the company’s vice president and was put in charge of 18 countries. His father later appointed him to head the Orlando Magic NBA franchise in 1991. In 1993, he became Amway’s president and initiated a restructuring program.
At Amway, he established Alticor Corporation as an umbrella organization of three companies: Amway Corporation, Access Business Group, and Quixtar Corporation. Within this structure, Alticor expanded its operations into six continents and over 50 countries. In 2002, Dick retired from Alticor to head the Windquest Group and also devoted more time to political pursuits.
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