Dick DeVos was born 0n October 21, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos is a proud graduate of Northwood University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has also received much alumni recognition from the university. After DeVos’ For Dick Devos the apple definitely doesn’t fall far from the tree. He is the son of businessman Richard DeVos, who is the owner of my favorite basketball team, the Orlando Magic. No doubt young DeVos looked up to his father growing up. Something I can really relate to. DeVos has held various positions while working in the business world. After his father gained ownership of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, Devos became the CEO and President in 1991. He later resigned from his position with the Orlando Magic to become President of Amway/Alticor, a company his father co founded in 1959. My favorite team hasn’t been the same since. Amway is a company that specializes in the sale of health, beauty, and home care products. The company’s international sales finally accounted for more profit than domestic sales while DeVos served as President. DeVos left the company after 9 years.
Dick DeVos is also a philanthropist. A cause I think everyone who has come into money should be a part of. DeVos became a chair, along with his wife of the Education Freedom Fund in 1993. He and his wife’s foundation have contributed funds that went toward over 4,000 scholarships for children who couldn’t afford to go to college otherwise. He truly believes that children are our future. Something he and I agree on. Dick Devos’ love for philanthropy led him into politics. In 2006 DeVos ran for governor of Michigan. He spent over $30 million of his own money for the campaign, only to be defeated by Jennifer Granholm.
Dick DeVos is currently the President of The Windquest Group, a private management firm. Dick DeVos is one of the more successful people I’ve researched. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes List. His net worth is reportedly around $5.1 billion. That’s wealth most of us only dream about. Along with his wealth there are so many more fascinating things he’s done and contributed to in the Michigan area, not mentioned in this article. I hope you guys do a little research for yourselves on this magnificent man.