Dick DeVos: Making Magic in Michigan

Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dick DeVos is a prominent philanthropist and businessman. His father, Richard DeVos co-founded the widely recognized sales company Amway (MLIVE article about Amway). Dick studied at Northwood University, where he was awarded his bachelor’s degree as well as a distinguished alumni recognition and honorary doctorate.

During his tenure at Amway, he made company history by tripling international sales to the point where they exceeded domestic sales. He served as President of the company and held responsibility for all facets of their operations in eighteen countries. When his company acquired the Orlando Magic in 1991, he served as president and CEO for three years.

With his wife Betsy, DeVos founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Their organization seeks to improve the Grand Rapids area in the areas of education, arts, community, leadership, and justice. The foundation has hosted an annual art competition in Grand Rapids called ArtPrize since 2009.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos onĀ Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Not only known for being a prominent businessman and philanthropist, Dick is also a National Champion sailor and qualified aircraft and helicopter pilot. He started the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids in 2010, a public charter school with a focus on aviation.

DeVos competed in the 2016 Melges 32 Gold Cup in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After some fierce competition and unpredictable winds, Dick pulled ahead and finished in position 1 on the second day of racing.

In addition to all his other talents, Dick is also a generous political donor. He was even referenced in the popular series House of Cards, which he gives comments on in this article: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html