Born to Amway founder Richard DeVos Sr., Dick DeVos has been ensconced in the corporate world ever since childhood. When he finally joined the family business in 1974, he spent time working in almost every department so that by the time he became a vice president in 1984, he was an expert on every aspect of the company.
Dick DeVos chose this time to diversify his experience, purchasing and becoming CEO of the Orlando Magic, an NBA team based in Florida. He returned to Amway two years later when he was offered the position of President. He is also the main impetus behind the Windquest Group, an investment management group specializing in technology and clean energy solutions.
As impressive as his corporate resume is, it pales in comparison to the charitable works he and his wife, Betsy, have funded over the years. Since its establishment in 1990, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has donated thousands of dollars to dozens of education initiatives and religious schools. He also opened the nation’s first charter school for aviation, as well as establishing several scholarships designed to help bright students from developing countries pursue higher education opportunities in management and business.
He and his wife are also avid supporters of the arts, donating over $22 million to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management and supporting ArtPrize, a Grand Rapids art competition, since 2009.
Devos’ commitment to promoting strong character and moral fiber are best exemplified, however, by his best-selling book Rediscovering American Values, in which he collects and recounts inspiring stories of people achieving success in their personal and professional lives by being honest, compassionate, and hard working.
DeVos is currently spending his time focusing on the Windquest corporation, while still staying active on the boards of the Orlando Magic and several of the charitable associations he has founded. He spends his free time flying helicopters, sailing competitively, and enjoying the company of his seven children and their children.