Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos who co-founded and operated Amway, one of the largest distributors of consumer goods. Hailing and residing from Western Michigan, Dick and his wife of 30 years, Betsy DeVos are not only known for their financial success but also for their philanthropic history. As members of the wealthy social class in Grand Rapids, it is customary to be expected to give back to the community through large donations. The DeVos family has certainly done their part. In a Forbes report, the DeVos family said they donated around $1.2 billion over their lifetime. This report came after Forbes reportedly kept requesting a response. According to an MLIVE article, the Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy were listed number 20 on Forbes’ top 50 giver list. A large majority of the funds donated stayed in their local area of Grand Rapids where they invest much time and energy to promote a better community in which they live. The fund donated were also given to church’s and other religiously affiliated institutions, educational endeavors as well as many Republican think tanks.
Hailing from Michigan, Dick DeVos attended and graduated from Northwood University. DeVos worked in many fields within his father’s company of Amway before eventually running the company as president in 1993 and continued to grow the company to 18 countries and increase profits substantially until 2002. Dick Devos has also had great success beyond his business ventures. In 1991, DeVos joined the Orlando Magic and he became CEO and President of the esteemed basketball team. DeVos is also an avid competitive sailor who has one two national titles. He also can fly planes and helicopters.
The DeVos, Dick and Betsy, have been together for 30 years and have since then had 4 children and 2 granddaughters. The family is involved in education and studies as well as business. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was established in 1989 with the simple mission of giving the family a funnel through which they can do their philanthropic work. It is through this foundation that the DeVos family has done a majority of their philanthropy. Dick and Betsy DeVos’ affiliation to the Republican Party date back to when Betsy DeVos was in college. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos spend much of their time and energy in their local community of Grand Rapids, Michigan where they are on committees and chairs to make sure that their home-town continues to prosper and have a promising future.