Dick DeVos seems to have been everywhere and done everything in his lifetime, having a long history in business, politics and philanthropy. DeVos has run his own company, The Windquest Group for many years now, and has invested in many local businesses through it.
Just recently they acquired the majority of shares of a Holland, MI brewing company. He’s also the husband of Betsy DeVos, a woman who has fought for school of choice and expanding private and charter schools in Michigan, and the person who’s also been picked by President-Elect Donald Trump to head the US Department of Education.
Dick DeVos worked for his family’s company, Amway Corporation starting back in 1974 and staying till the year 2002. Amway was co-founded by Dick’s father, Richard DeVos Sr. who built a company that sells household products and health and beauty supplies directly to the customer, and the customer can become an independent business owner who resells those products. Learn more about Dick DeVos: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/devos_family_donations.html
Richard DeVos Sr. is also the majority share owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Dick started out in various managerial roles at the company, and then became a vice president in the mid 1980s. Dick briefly left the company to serve as CEO of the Magic after his father bought the team, but returned in 1993 to become CEO of Amway and spent about 10 years expanding the company’s operations. He then stepped down to exclusively run The Windquest Group along with his wife Betsy.
Dick also served on the board at Grand Action Committee, a group of local business owners and civic leaders who helped bring in new building projects to downtown Grand Rapids. He also ran for the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990 and held the position for 2 years.
He and Betsy have channeled most of their philanthropy through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, primarily focusing on education reform and starting scholarships for underprivileged families. They have also supported private school voucher programs and helped establish charter schools in Michigan, including their own West Michigan Aviation Academy. Read more: The Windquest Group – Contact
Betsy served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party for a few years, and Dick ran for governor in the 2006 race, coming up short to then governor Jennifer Granholm. Dick also authored the book Rediscovering American Values in 1998 in which he explains how important free market economics and other traditional values are to America.
The DeVos’s also donated a large amount of money to the Kennedy Center in Washington who renamed their art institute to their namesake.