Dick DeVos is an American author, who was born on October 21, 1955. Apart from being an author, Dick is also an entrepreneur and lives in Michigan. DeVos is happily married to Betsy DeVos, the current United States Secretary. In the 1992-2002, Dick DeVos focused on business before running for governor in 2006. However, he lost to the Democratic incumbent Jenifer Granholm. In 2012, his father, Richard, was named by Forbes Magazine as the 67th richest person in the United States. Having a net worth of approximately $5.1 billion, Richard and his wife dedicated their life to philanthropy works.
Dick DeVos was motivated by his parents and launched a charitable organization in 1989, which was aimed at working as a vehicle for his donations. Apart from that, Dick is actively involved in the community where he co-chairs Grand Action, an organization that is responsible for revitalizing the downtown Grand Rapids. The businessman also acts as a board member of several projects that include the Willow Creek Association, Project Clarity, and West Michigan Aviation Academy. Further, he is also actively involved in the Michigan-based Windquest Group, an investment management company specializing in manufacturing, hospitality, and technology. DeVos started the firm in 1992, and he has been co-chairing it with his wife.
Dick DeVos started his philanthropy work in 1974. He joined the corporate world by working in his father’s company, Amway Corporation, where he held positions of various levels of responsibilities. In 1984, he was promoted to be the vice chairman of Amway Corporation, which currently manages divisions in 18 countries around the world. Having acquired the skills in running a company, DeVos left Amway Corporation to start his new firm. In his new company, Windquest Group, DeVos was actively involved with the community through several diverse projects. DeVos was supported by his wife, and they championed for a better education for all students, regardless of their financial status.
Advantaged to her position as the U.S Secretary of Education, Dick’s wife played a significant role in spearheading their education-based charity work. Dick DeVos’ father-in-law is the owner and president of Prince Corporation of Holland, based in Michigan. Through Prince Corporation, Dick DeVos has continued with his philanthropy works. The father of four has devoted himself to helping people by working with charity organizations around the world. The support that he gains from his wife and family has enabled him to be ranked among the most philanthropic persons in the United States.
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