The DeVos family are originally from Michigan and are known as some of the wealthiest families in America to date. Dick who is the son of the co-founder of Amway, Richard DeVos has made a name for himself by being involved in the family business for many years (learn more from this mLive feature article). Acting as the vice president and several other positions within the company. Dick and his wife Betsy have used their wealth for the good of the people and founded several charities in the past. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation is a very large foundation that was founded back in 1990. This foundation supports various causes including civic, religious, artistic, educational as well as community and free market organizations.
With an estimated net worth of $5.1 billion according to Forbes Magazine in 2012 he is the 67th wealthiest man in the United States. His formal education background has seen him graduate from the Northwood University where he received a bachelors degree in business administration. He also attended Wharton’s School’s Executive Study Programs as well as Harvard Business School. However he did not graduate from either of these schools. He has however received several honorary doctorate degrees from a number of well known colleges around the country. These include Central Michigan University, Grove City College and Northwood University.
Dick DeVos has also been politically active since 1990 where he was elected as a representative on the Michigan State Board of Education. However he stepped back from this position 2 years later to begin a business of his own as he said it was due to his return as Amway CEO that he had to make this decision. Dick DeVos has been apart of many boards in the past including the Education Freedom Fund or the Grand Valley State University Board of Control. Find Dick’s resume on Netherland Institute’s site.
In a recent article Dick and the DeVos family endorsed Marco Rubio in the Republican Presidential Primaries. This endorsement also came along with some financial help which has been much needed for Marco Rubio’s campaign. The DeVos family has shifted their support from Jeb Bush to Marco Rubio as Jeb had opted out earlier due to his fourth place finish in the South Carolina primary. The DeVos family has been known to support Republican party politics in the past. They have personally known Marco Rubio from previous speaking engagements in Florida.
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