Dick and Betsy Devos are known for their political donations. Their charitable contributions are part of a family dynasty including Dick’s father Rich Devos who was a co-founder of Amway. Forbes has placed the family in 24th place on their list for America’s Top Givers. Dick Devos believes educational philanthropy is critical and donated $3 million this cause. He is committed to the improvement of education for America’s children.
Dick Devos feels the current educational system is incapable of fulfilling the dream of today’s children and that they are at the mercy of the zip code in which they live. He has dedicated himself to addressing the outdated and antiquated one size fits all system. He feels the problem is in the platform currently used for public education and not the teachers. He says the administrators and teachers do marvelous work but would be more effective if they had a better platform as their basis. His donations have been incredibly beneficial to the schools in Michigan.
Dick Devos is the eldest son born to Richard Devos Senior. He started working for the Amway Corporation in 1974 and held positions in several of the operating departments. He received a promotion to Vice President of Amway’s operations in 1985. This included 18 countries and enabled him to gather experience separate from his family’s firm. He began his own business venture in 1989 when he left the company. He founded the Windquest Group and specialized in manufacturing and marketing organizers for storage and closets.
Dick Devos began managing a franchise for the National Basket Association in 1991 due to an appointment by his father. He continued to manage the Windquest Group and returned to the Amway Corporation in 1993 as the President of the company. He led the Amway Company’s restructuring in 2000 and established the Alticor Corporation which was an umbrella firm. This consisted of the Amway Corporation, the Access Business Group and the Quixtar Corporation. The operations of the firm were expanded to six continents and 50 countries.
Dick Devos retired as the President of Alticor in 2002 and began devoting his time to the Windquest Group and the political causes he felt passionate about. He entered politics in 2006 and ran for Michigan’s governor on the Republican ticket. He was the wealthiest man to ever run at this period in time. He spent $40 million of his own funds to help finance his campaign. He lost the election to Jennifer Granholm who was running on the Democratic ticket.
Dick Devos’s wife is Elizabeth Betsy Devos, the daughter of Edgar Prince. Mr. Prince founded the Prince Corporation located in Holland, Michigan. The couple have four children named Elissa, Ryan, Rick and Andrea.