Dick Devos: Passion for Education Reform

Dick DeVos is a well-known businessman who is a part of the DeVos clan, recognized as one of the wealthiest families in the United States. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was taught early in life how to become successful. One of his influences in being successful was his father, Richard DeVos, who is currently the 67th richest person in the United States with a net worth of $5.1 billion. He is married to Betsy DeVos, the current United States Secretary of Education who is helping out children and youths who wanted to study by providing vouchers and other forms of assistance.

Dick DeVos has worked with different companies, with his first job being at Amway. He was assigned to a variety of departments inside the company, among them was with research, manufacturing, marketing, sales and finance. After handling out different positions from these departments, he was appointed to become the company’s vice president. During his term as the vice president, he managed to triple Amway’s sales, and he managed to grow the annual sales of the company from 5% to 50% in just a short period of time. He decided to step down after serving as the vice president for six years, and decided to join the Orlando Magic basketball organization when his family purchased the franchise in 1991. He only stayed there for a short period of time, and decided to return to the corporate world. He replaced his father as Amway’s president, and outperformed the company’s previous records. Under his leadership as the new president, Amway managed to increase its sales performance, and the company became stronger than before. He also focused on expanding the company overseas, and today, it is evident as Amway has branches in over 50 countries. Amway was restructured and rebranded into Alticor, but its performance was still over the top. Dick DeVos later joined an investment management firm called The Windquest Group, and has been monitoring his investments in different fields while working in the corporate world.

Aside from being an entrepreneur and a corporate leader, Dick DeVos is also active in doing philanthropic works. With his wife Betsy DeVos, their family managed to donate more than $139 million in different charities and organization. Their main focus is to reform the education system in the United States, so they give the majority of their donations to groups who are campaigning for this same cause. They are currently on the 24th place of Forbes’ list of the top givers in America, and it is believed that the donations coming from the DeVos clan could possibly amount to an enormous $1.33 billion. Dick DeVos stated that he loves to help people, so he will go on with his philanthropic projects and deeds, especially if it will help the people to gain access to affordable and quality education.

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