Dick DeVos and the wife Betsy are known for making big political donations and also philanthropic contributions that add up to $139 million in total. In 2015 alone, their contribution to charity amounted to $11.6 million which was double the contribution they have been making for the last 5years.
Devos family has a history of being real philanthropists. This can be traced from Dick’s father, Rich Devos, and the entire family who gave to charity $104 million in 2015, making them scoop 24th position on Forbes under the category of “Americans’ Top Givers” with their lifetime giving total adding up to $1.33 billion.
DeVos and the wife have always proved to value education by donating $3 million to education. Their foundation also awarded $357,000 to groups that have proved to support reforms in the education sector. They even donated the first airplane to Michigan Aviation Academy and also ensure that out of 15 pilots who were licensed, 40% of the students were from disadvantaged families.
Aside from giving in the educational sector, they have also tried to improve and ensure that there is leadership development by funding church leadership summit where the government, professionals, and leaders from around the world attend.
Dick DeVos is an American entrepreneur from Michigan. He worked as the CEO of a company that deals with consumer goods distribution and left in 2002. He has always been involved in their family business. He graduated from Forest Hills public school system and studied at the Northwood University where graduated with bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Dick was awarded honorary doctorate by Northwood University, Grove City College, and Central Michigan.
His career began in 1974 when he was working with Amway Corporation that was co-founded by his father. He was made Amway’s vice president in 1984, being put in charge of 18 countries. His outstanding leadership skills saw the company expand and he left when their sales had grown by 50%. In 2000 he served as the President of Alticor which he restructured the company making it improve its sales to $4.5 billion. He left Alticor in 2002 to serve Windquest group as the President.
Dick Devos and his wife are famous for giving back without placing a return price on his giving. Their mission is to give in order to make a difference in the society. Dick is celebrated for being a smart leader and an outstanding philanthropist.