Dick DeVos was born on 21 October 1955 in Michigan, United States. He is the eldest son of Richard DeVos who is a successful businessman and co-founder of Amway which operates a global sales network that supplies products for health, personal care, and household. Dick DeVos started working at Amway in 1974. In the year 1984, he was promoted to Vice President. He successfully managed operations of the company in almost twenty countries. Five years later in 1989, he founded his company The Windquest Group which manufactures and markets storage and closet organizations. Two years later, his family bought the franchise of Orlando Magic and Dick became its manager. In 1993, he returned to Amway as the President. After one year, Dick founded Alticor which was an umbrella company consisting of a few companies including Amway. Dick is totally focused on The Windquest Group since 2002.
Dick DeVos and his wife (Betsy) are a philanthropist by nature. They have donated one-hundred-and-thirty-nine million dollars to different institutions and causes. In 1989, the couple founded Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to begin their philanthropy career formally. Dick has donated five times the amount Betsy has used in her election campaigns between 2010 to 2015. The family has the twenty-fourth spot on 2015 Forbes list of “America’s Top Givers.” They have donated almost twenty-five percent of their entire money during their lifetime. Dick’s main priority in philanthropy has always been education. He spent three million dollars on education during 2015; the amount is a quarter of his 2015’s donations.
Dick DeVos has given three percent of his annual donations to groups working for reforms in education. He said in an interview that the fulfillment of American dream is not possible with this education system because it is increasing the problem of civil rights. Children that grow up in different ZIP codes do not have access to the American dream which is their right. He criticized the platform of public education which is not designed to cater every kid. It is not the fault of people employed in public education institutions. The United States has so many great administrators and teachers that work very hard. However, the education system is not letting them do a better job.
Dick DeVos donated fifty thousand dollars to Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico. The Potter’s House based in Wyoming got three-hundred-thousand dollars. The West Michigan Aviation Academy received three-hundred-and-fifteen-thousand dollars. Midland-based Northwood University was donated two-hundred-thousand dollars. New Urban Learning which is a Detroit Charter School Company received twenty-five thousand dollars. Hundred thousand dollars was given to Ferris Stated University located in Big Rapids. Compass College of Cinematic Arts is based in Grand Rapids, and it was given fifty thousand dollars. The University of Maryland and several other institutions received a huge amount of money too.