Dick DeVos was born on 21st October 1955 and brought up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enrolled for his education at Forest Hills Public School. After finishing his studies, he started participating actively in the family business, which is the Amway Company. At his tender age together with his brother were assigned to be ushering guests at the company’s convention and also help in clearing plates and accompanying guests to their tables. He eventually evolved to public speaking that played a significant role in his development of communication skills.
In college, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University. After finishing his degree at Northwood, he enrolled in classes at Harvard Business School as well as Wharton School’s Executive Study programs. Through his handwork and perseverance, he received an honorary Doctorates degree from Grove City College, located at Central Michigan University and Northwood University. He was also awarded an Alumni Recognition from Northwood University.
Dick DeVos is a celebrated Entrepreneur and a successful author based in Michigan. He is the son of Richard DeVos who was the Co-founder of Amway, and he was named the CEO of the company from 1992 to the year 2002. After running the business as the CEO of the company for a while, he decided to vie for Michigan Governorship in the year 2006, which he lost to Jennifer Granholm. In the year 2012 when Dick contended for govern ship, Forbes Magazine named his father among the top 100 wealthiest people in America where he had a total net worth of $5.1 Billion.
Throughout his professional career, he has made generous donations to political causes together with his wife Betsy DeVos, who is a former chairperson of Michigan Republican Party and current Secretary of Education. He had his wife have made contributions to charities and foundations to make education better in the United States, which nearly total to $139 million.
For years, the Devos family has played a significant role in Republic politics, starting with Richard Devos; Dick’s father. A big emphasize of their philanthropic deeds has been in education, with nearly $3 million donated towards school programs in the year 2015. He is the president and founder of an organization called Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation together with his wife. Their foundation contributed $35,000 to organizations that advocate for educational reforms in various parts of the globe.
Dick and his wife Betsy sit in the board of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the premier aviation-themed charter school In the U.S. West Michigan Academy has around 86 percent in graduation rating, with majority of the students coming from low-income families. They couple has also made sizable giving on institutions that support Arts and Culture.
In the year 2006, they gave out $12.5 million to aid the construction of a children’s hospital. The Spectrum Health System hospital has helped improve children’s medical care in the U.S.
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