Dick DeVos is a wealthy businessman who is based in Michigan. He is also recognized for the contributions that he has been making to the political world. The entrepreneur is married to Betsy DeVos, who is the current U.S secretary of education. The two have invested millions of dollars in charity and advocating for change in various sectors. They have been campaigning for the use of school vouchers, equality, justice, and also supporting Christian missions. Dick is the son of the Richard DeVos who is also a successful businessman. His family co-owns Amway and Orlando Magic. Richard DeVos is worth $5.1 billion, and the Forbes Magazine has ranked him as the 88th richest person.
Amway has been a successful company, and its revenue was $9.5 billion in 2016. Dick has been working at the firm since the 1970s and was appointed to serve as its vice president in 1984. In 1991, his father acquired Orland Magic basketball. He was hired to act as the team’s CEO and president. Dick also worked as the president of the Amway for about two years. He later left the company and founded the Windquest Group.
In 2006, Dick DeVos joined politics by vying for the position of the governor of Michigan on a Republican Party ticket. His campaign manifesto was based on issues such as creating jobs and bettering the economy. He was determined to transform Michigan into a business friendly environment by eliminating taxes and various regulations. Dick was challenging Governor Jennifer Granholm of the Democratic Party by criticizing her economic policies. He also wanted to dedicate more funds to secondary and higher learning education. His economic message was appealing to the state. The Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce endorsed him.
Dick DeVos has also made positive contributions to the education sector. He has been working with his wife to support private school voucher programs, and they have invested millions of dollars. The two also co-head the Education Freedom Fund, which is an organization that they created to offer scholarships to low-income children in Michigan. The fund has been making sure that all children can attend private schools of their choice. They are also the founders of the Kids First! Yes! Campaign.
The charity work of Dick and his wife is greatly appreciated. In 2015, the couple donated $11.6 million and $3 million was committed to transforming the education sector. The dedication has enabled many children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend better learning institutions. Dick once served as a member of the Grand Valley State University Board of Control and the Michigan State Board of Education. He also donated funds to establish the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is currently among the top institutions in the state.