Dick DeVos’ Success as a Businessman and Philanthropist

Dick Devos is a wealthy individual who is greatly appreciated for his success in business and philanthropy. He has served as an executive of leading corporations such as the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Amway, which is a manufacturer of beauty and health products. Dick was an employee of Amway for about nine years, and his primary role was to manage the operations in more than 50 countries around the world. The company recognized him for being its best performing executive since he enabled it to collect a revenue of more than $4.5 billion during his last year.

 

Dick’s excellent service as a vice president made Amway to appoint him as its president. The position was powerful but, he over saw the operations of the firm in 18 counties that were outside North America. As the vice president of the company, Mr. DeVos made sure that it made substantial sales both locally and internationally. He enabled the firm to triple its income. In 1991, he was made the CEO and president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic after it was acquired by his family.

 

According to Forbes Magazine, Dick and his family are among the most generous individuals in the United States. He has been involved in a couple of programs that are dedicated to empowering communities. The businessman is committed to ensuring that all children are given a chance to access quality education. He joined efforts with his wife, Betsy DeVos, to establish the Education Freedom Fund. The organization has currently assisted over 4,000 children in Michigan to access the best education. Dick also offered money to create the West Michigan Aviation Academy. He loves aviation, and this greatly encouraged him to establish the chartered school.

 

Dick is also a politician but has not run for any position for a while. In 2006, he was nominated by the Republican Party to vie for the Michigan governorship. He wanted to use the position in making the state a business hub by creating an environment that had few regulations and taxes. Mr. DeVos also aimed at ensuring that learning institutions had sufficient funds. He has donated money towards the campaigns of the Republican Party candidates that he supports.

 

Besides his involvement in business and charity, Dick sets aside some time to be with his wife, Betsy DeVos. The couple currently has seven children. Betsy is also a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. Dick has been working with her on different projects that advocate for schools of choice in the United States. They have been ensuring that the education sector offers equity by enabling children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend good schools that can unlock their potential. The couple runs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which is a charity organization that has been transforming lives since 1989.