Dick DeVos is Michigan-based businessman and philanthropist. He has also been involved in politics by being among the leading supporters of the Republican Party. Mr. DeVos is the husband to Betsy DeVos who is also renowned for her participation in charity and politics. She is the current U.S secretary of education. The couple is committed to supporting activities that deal with school vouchers, justice, Christian missions, and equality in the community. Dick’s father is Richard DeVos, who is a wealthy businessman. He is the co-founder of Amway and also the largest shareholder of Orlando Magic. His net worth is about $5.1 billion, and he is ranked 88th on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people.
Amway is a successful international company that has specialized in the manufacture of health products. The income of the firm in 2016 was more than $9.5 billion. Dick worked at the company as from 1979 and was promoted to act as its vice president in 1984. His father bought Orlando Magic basketball club in 1991 and appointed him to serve as the CEO and president. Dick DeVos held the office for two years and later established the Windquest Group.
DeVos has also participated in politics. In 2006, he was offered the Republican Party ticket to vie for the Michigan gubernatorial position. Dick campaigned promising the people that he would transform the state to have a business friendly environment with fewer regulations and taxes. He was competing with Governor Jennifer Granholm who was running for the position on a Democratic Party ticket. DeVos was also committed to increasing funding for secondary and higher learning institutions. His manifesto pleased the people of Michigan, and he was endorsed by organizations such as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
The businessman has also played a great role in transforming the education sector. He has been working with his wife in advocating for private school vouchers in the United States. They have invested millions of dollars to ensure that all children have the freedom to attend learning institutions of their choice. The couple founded and heads the Education Freedom Fund, which is a foundation that is dedicated to offering scholarships to support children from low-income families in Michigan. It makes sure that everyone has an equal opportunity of attending an excellent learning institution. Dick and Betsy are also the co-chairs of an organization that is called the Kids First! Yes! Campaign.
The outstanding charity undertakings of Mr. and Mrs. DeVos is appreciated in the United States. The couple donated about $11.6 million in 2016. Approximately $3 million was channeled to supporting the education sector. Their generosity has enabled many children from disadvantaged neighborhoods to attend better schools.