The Successful Career and Philanthropic Activities of Dick DeVos

In West Michigan, the social status of one should not be determined by how one is dressed or the car they are driving but from how much they give. The name Dick DeVos is one of those recognized as wealthy and philanthropic families. For the first time, the DeVos family is giving information to the public about their charitable activities which are an estimate of $1.2 billion of lifetime giving. Forbes indicated that the family had given out $94 million in 2014 and ranked them at the 20th position among the top fifty philanthropists. According to the DeVos family, the only reason they issued this information to the Forbes magazine is that they believe the list created by the magazines generates an important conversation on giving and supporting communities.


Dick DeVos has served in a number of executive positions at The Windquest Group, Amway, and the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Dick DeVos became the chief executive officer and president of Orlando Magic in 1991 and served in that capacity for three years. He then assumed the role of vice president of Amway International and was responsible for the operations of the company in eighteen countries. Dick DeVos served as the president of Amway from 1993 to 2002 and was responsible for all of the company’s operations in six continents. In his final year working for the company, he reported an outstanding performance of $4.5 billion.


Dick DeVos is a generous man, and together with his family, he has led several community initiatives. He formed the Education Freedom Fund that awarded more than four thousand scholarships to the underprivileged children in Michigan and offers his services at the State Board of Education. Dick DeVos has also led regional healthcare improvement and downtown revitalization which includes $130M heart hospital, $75M downtown arena, $30M Downtown market, and $212M convention center among others. Due to his excellent performance, Dick DeVos was appointed to work at the Federal Aviation Administration Management Advisory Council by Elaine L.Chao in 2017.


Away from work, Dick DeVos who is a graduate of Northwood University is also a qualified helicopter and aircraft pilot and a two time National Champion Sailor. He is married to Betsy, and they have a family of seven children and six grandchildren. Dick DeVos is also an author of New York Times best-selling book “Rediscovering American Values” which was published in seven different languages in 1997.


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