The resume of Dick DeVos is unlike any other. It begins as the son of notable entrepreneurs taking part in the family business. DeVos was not just the Vice President of Amway International but the child of its founders. His career truly began when he was just a child as he watched his own parents build a global enterprise from nothing but a simple idea. During and after his stint at Amway he took part in many other pursuits. DeVos became the President and CEO of the Orland Magic basketball franchise, was on the Board of Trustees for the Thunderbird School of International Management, is the Founder and Chairman of the West Michigan Aviation Academy and much, much more.
DeVos also has numerous accomplishments outside of his thriving corporate career. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century, which includes a foreword from the former president, Gerald R. Ford. He is a dedicated family man and with his wife, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos currently has four children and one grandchild. He is also known for his many philanthropic endeavors. The majority of these are performed by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The charitable organization was founded in 1989 and supports environmental and educational causes as well as contributing to the arts.
Dick DeVos is a co-chair of the Grand Action committee that is managing a revitalization in the DeVos’ home town of Grand Rapids. He is a member of numerous other boards and committees and is an active participant in a privately held management firm that works with many non-profits. His foundation has donated over $138 million to programs around the country including a $12.5 million donation to the construction of a local Children’s hospital.
DeVos’ family is repeatedly included on the Forbes “America’s Top Givers” list each year. DeVos, his parents and his siblings have a long tradition of giving back. For Dick and his wife Betsy, the primary focus has always been education. They regularly earmark a quarter or more of their total donations each year to educational charities and causes.