Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids in Michigan. People think that he had a very easy life. But this is not so. His father Richard DeVos did not have an easy livelihood. Richard along with his friend, Jay Van Andel, tried a number of business ventures. These included a flying school as well as a drive-in restaurant. It was in 1959 that they founded Amway. At that time it had just one product. This was a biodegradable cleaner. It was called L.O.C. Slowly; Amway expanded its product line. It included several other products such as household cleaners, besides personal care, as well as nutrition and wellness. Later on, it included various other home products too.
Under Dick DeVos, Amway became a subsidiary of a parent company that was named Alticor. The other subsidiaries here were Quixtar Inc. along with Access Business Group Inc. Alticor has recently reported $4.5 billion of sales in its market. All this is a result of perseverance.
Dick DeVos has wealth as well as political activism. He belongs to a powerful family that does not like to be in the limelight. Dick along with his wife, Betsy DeVos, has been conservative political donors for decades. He has made his mark in politics as he has donated millions of dollars to various social causes.
He has made money by inheriting it from his father who started Amway, which is a multi-level marketing company. This company was started in 1959, and Dick DeVos took over this company in 1993. Besides, he is involved in several other business ventures too. This includes full ownership that Dick DeVos possesses of the Orlando Magic NBA team. Besides, he owns the Windquest Group too. This is a firm that is involved in investment management.
Dick DeVos and his family are well-known for its philanthropic work that they are doing in education. He and his wife Betsy have prominently advocated freedom of education. This allows working in a way that allows students to make use of tax dollars in order to attend any private or charter schools. This is why the couple had founded a charter school, namely, West Michigan Aviation Academy. This would be teaching the traditional curriculum to the students. There would be special attention that will be given to engineering. All this includes flight mechanics too.
Dick DeVos is also known to have run unsuccessfully for the post of Michigan governor. This was in 2006. But he lost to Jennifer Granholm.
The DeVos legacy is known for the money it distributes through its philanthropy. His parents’ charity is called the Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation. It is giving away millions of dollars each year to several conservative charities. These include Focus on the Family besides the American Enterprise Foundation.