Dick DeVos is the eldest son of Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway Corporation. DeVos began his career in 1974 at the Amway Corporation, where he held various positions in different departments. In 1984, DeVos made his way up to the post of the company’s vice president. He would oversee the operations of the company in 18 different countries. In 1991, DeVos was appointed to manage his family’s franchise, the National Basket Associations Orlando Magic Basketball franchise. In 1993, DeVos succeeded his father as Amway Corporation’s president. Under his tenure, DeVos initiated the restructuring of Amway Corporation in 2000. In the fall of 2006, DeVos entered politics as Michigan’s gubernatorial aspirant on the Republican ticket.
Political influence of Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos’ significant political influence has attracted a lot of attention and criticism. His charitable contribution adds up to $139 million. DeVos donated over $11.6 million to charity work in 2015 alone. A new report states that charitable contribution has doubled over the last five years. DeVos’ father is the head of a high-profile family dynasty. He has been an influential player in the Republican politics for decades. The family ranks 24th on the list of top givers in the United States. In 2015, the family gave out $104 million towards charitable work. Furthermore, the lifetime contribution of the DeVos’ family stands at $1.33 billion, which represents a quarter of its estimated $5.2billion.
Among the West Michigan’s, wealth is measured on how much you give but not according to one’s lifestyle. As a result, Dick DeVos’ family has donated over $1.2 billion in its lifetime. The family features on Forbes’ list of wealthiest families due to its charitable contribution.
Education is a priority for Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy. In 2015, about 26 percent of their charitable donation went to educational initiatives. The couple allotted over $3million to educational projects. Besides, their foundation donated $357,000 to groups that supported education improvement. Their spending demonstrates their priority in restructuring the education sector. In an interview with MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, Dick DeVos said that the then charitable system could not fulfill the American dream. The next biggest focus of the family is to transform the culture and arts industry. In fact, the couple has donated $22 million towards the launch of Culture and Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Dick DeVos is married to Elizabeth (Bestie) Prince, a daughter of Edgar Prince. In 2017 under Trump’s administration, Bestie was appointed as the secretary of education.
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