Dick DeVos: The Modern Day Philanthropist

Philanthropist Dick DeVos’ wife, Betsy, has revealed some of the reasons why her family has always been successful. In an exclusive interview I had with Mrs. DeVos, she said that her husband’s interests in education, business, and philanthropy are all driven by the desire to help others. She recalled her experience when she helped to build a school, and she has never stopped doing it for many others. The family is known for all the good reasons especially, how they have helped to better the lives of others. The way that they always look for innovative solutions to social problems has endeared them to many. They also are known for pursuing reforms through nonprofit roles. The Dick and Betsy Family Foundation has always been a leader when it comes to these roles.

 

The charity works and life of Dick DeVos

 

I started following Dick DeVos long before he ran for governor of Michigan. He served as Consumer Goods Distribution Company’s CEO from 1993 to 2002. He was listed as the 67th richest person in the United States. During his time as CEO of Consumer Goods Distribution Company, he was more focused on mentoring young professionals and introducing them to the corporate world. To date, thousands owe their social standings to DeVos.

 

He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his early days, he went through the Forest Hills public school system. At Northwood University, he studied business administration. He later went to Harvard Business School and Wharton School. His pursuit of more education and an incredible career also saw him spend time at the Central Michigan University and Groove City College. By the time he was through with these studies, he had already earned recognition as a businessman and humanitarian. He Married Betsy, a former chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party.

 

DeVos became the CEO of Orlando Pirates, an NBA outfit that his family acquired in 1991. He then left Orlando Pirates to succeed his father as the chief executive officer of Amway in 1993. He is credited with overseeing a significant restructuring of this company to make it much better than his father left it. He also is known for providing private scholarships to students through the Education Freedom Fund, a trust that he co-founded with his wife. Throughout his life, he has been at the center of many success stories including the “Kids First! Yes!” campaign to which he was a co-chair.