Dick DeVos is a businessperson I have been aware of for many years as I have followed the success he achieved as the President of the AmWay Group. Although I was aware of the business success Dick DeVos has achieved with AmWay and his own The Windquest Investment Company I was not as aware of the high quality of work Dick and wife Betsy have achieved as two of the most important individuals in the education reform movement; Dick and Betsy DeVos have been major members of the reform movement for over 30 years, and despite their largely conservative image the couple started working in the movement when it was seen as a radical group. Reading an interview with Betsy DeVos in Philanthropy Roundtable showed me that despite being based in Grand Rapids, Michigan the DeVos family are willing to aid communities across the U.S. in achieving the best possible education for their young people. Although everything I have read shows me the couple love their home state of Michigan it was refreshing to read they class their greatest achievement as the success they achieved in the state of Florida where the couple was involved in developing the longest running education reform program that continues to prove a success for all communities in the state.
I have always been impressed with the work of Dick DeVos, which includes his period spent as the leader of the AmWay Group and his continuing work as the head of The Windquest Group. However, I was shocked to discover Dick is a product of the Michigan public school system which played a major role in his development as a major part of the reasons for his business success, and dedication to the philanthropic work he and Betsy DeVos complete through their own Foundation. Having amassed a personal fortune of more than $5 billion and has been a major supporter of a number of educational programs at major institutions, such as Princeton University and Calvin College. I have also been impressed by the way Dick DeVos has never lost sight of the roots he has in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has played an important role in bringing the area back to economic success through his role with the Grand Action plan developed after the 2008 economic slowdown, Wikipedia reports.