Dick Devos the Philanthropist

“Be brave. Take the first step now. Be unpretentious. Work smart. Volunteer. Teach. The main issue here is to do what is required of you and live up to your words.” Dick DeVos. These principles drive him. One makes it this far by the small things we overlook in life. To me, he is an icon. The success in his career and the charity works. When people look into his face, this is what they see.
This philanthropist Dick Devos was born on 21st October 1955. He is a business entrepreneur born in Michigan. His father Richard Devos co-founded the nowadays Amway International. He has so far involved himself in the dealings of Amway in many positions. He rose to the rank of CEO and President of the company in 1993. He served the in the same seat to the year 2002. Coming to the year 2002, Dick Devos ran for the seat of the governor of Michigan. He lost to Jennifer Granholm a new Democrat. As of 2012, the Forbes magazine listed him among the 100 richest people in the USA. He had a net worth of roughly $5.1 billion.
His involvement with Amway a family business runs back to his childhood. He recounts welcoming visitors to annual conventions as a boy. He and his brother Doug could lead the Amway guests to play tennis and waterski. They could hang around the company offices, clear dishes and so on. This early involvement in the commercial world as a child prepared him for the future life.
Mr. Devos took his junior and senior education in the Forest Hills public school. He holds a degree in BA from the University of Northwood. Later, he also attended the Business School of Harvard and Wharton School of Executive Studies. The Northwood University recognizes him as distinguished alumni. The Central University and the Groove City College have both awarded Dick Devos with honorary doctorate degrees.
The Devos family as always been in involved in charity works. The family has contributed over $200 million within the past two generations and 40 years. Richard Devos has donated several million dollars to companies like the Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority, the Heritage Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity and so on. Dick and his wife Betsy took on the Education Freedom Fund as co-chairs back in 1993. This fund program supports the minimal wage families of Michigan to get an education from universities and schools of their choice. The Dick and Betsy Devos organization also runs the Children’s Scholarship Fund. The Foundation is also involved in the activities of other charity organizations like the Choices for Children, American Education Reform Council, and the Children First America together with other Christian schools and foundations across the state of Michigan.
In 2005, Mr. Devos came back to run for governor of the Michigan state. He had a dream of solving the issue of unemployment which has for long been a problem in the state. Dick says that the tourism industry will do much to improve the economic state of Michigan. He gave the Democrats a hard time criticizing their poor economic policies.