Born on October 21, 1955, Dick DeVos is a Michigan entrepreneur-business man who has spent his life working in various executive positions at the Windquest Group, NBA’s Orlando Magic and Amway where he worked as CEO of consumer goods distribution from 1993-2002. Devon ran for the Michigan governor seat in 2006 but lost to the Democratic incumbent, Jennifer Granholm. With a net worth of about $5.1 billion, Dick Devos was named as the 67th wealthiest person in the US by the Forbes magazine, in 2012. He has a New York Times top-selling book called, “Rediscovering American Values,” which was published in 1997. The book is available in 7 different languages.
Dick Devos is a graduate of the Northwood University, a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot and a two-time National Champion sailor. He is married to former Betsy Prince, and they have seven kids and five grandkids.
Dick and his wife have been increasingly committed to assisting parents from low-income families get the best schools for their children. In 1993, the two of them founded the Education Freedom Fund which they co-chaired. The Fund awarded over 4000 scholarships to underprivileged kids in Michigan. In the same year, they became politically involved in passing the Michigan’s first charter-school.
In 2000, Dick became the co-chairman of “Kids First! Yes!” campaign board, which sponsored a ballot initiative intended to amend the Michigan constitution to accept tuition tax credits and vouchers for private K-12 education. Unfortunately, this initiative lost- 69% of voters opposed the measure.
In addition to supporting Christian schools in West Michigan, the Betsy and Dick Devos Foundation has also funded groups like Choices for Children, Children First America and American Education Reform Council.
As chair/co-chair, Dick DeVos has led several magnificent Rapids area downtown revitalizations as well as regional health care improvements which include a $212M convention center, $75M downtown arena, $90M medical school, a $30M Downtown Market and a $130M heart hospital.
Michigan has many families who are desperate to find better educational options for their children. Dick Devos’ good deeds have ensured that no matter their zip codes, all parents can choose the best education for their kids and that all students have the opportunity to reach their God-given potential. He expressed his commitment to education by running for the Michigan State Board of Education, where he was elected in the year 1990. Dick is not only committed to offering quality education but good health care as well. He has done this by donating funds to help improve the health care system in Michigan.