Dick DeVos is an established entrepreneur, with broad interests in business, politics, and philanthropy. Born, Richard Marvin DeVos Jnr in 1955, he is the first-born son of Richard Devos and Jay Van Andel, the co-founders of Amway Corporation.
Dick DeVos joined Amway Corporation in 1974 and worked in several departments in the company. In 1984 he became the vice president in charge of 18 countries, a position that helped him familiarize with the external offshore operations of the firm. During his tenure, he broke the company’s sales record when sales from abroad surpassed domestic sales. In 1991, Dick was appointed by his family to manage the NBA’s Orlando Magic’s franchise.
After leaving Orlando Magic in 1993, he took over as the president of Amway Corporation until 2002. During this time, he managed operations in 50 countries. In the year 2002, he spearheaded a restructuring process that led to the formation of Alticor Corporation, which constituted of Amway Corporation, Access Business Group, and Quixtar Corporation. It is also during this period that he co-founded the Grand Action Committee where he still works 23 years later
In 2006 he ran for Governor in Michigan State on a Republican ticket but lost. Always on the move, he formed the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010 where he is still the chairman, the first ever aviation public charter high school. He also joined Michigan’s Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Dick DeVos, is a philanthropist, donating to charitable events through the Davis and Betsy Foundation, formed in 1989. He has helped put up a heart hospital, market and medical school in the Grand Rapids area. He initiated the Education Freedom Fund that offers scholarships to the less privileged in society. Since 2009 the foundation has been sponsoring art competitions through the ArtPrize outfit.
He is married to Betsy Prince, and together they have seven children and five grandchildren. Davis is a trained professional jet and helicopter pilot.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Northwood University. He also has several honorary degrees from Northwood University and Central Michigan University.
Currently, Dick DeVos is the President of the Windquest Group, a private investment firm based in Michigan that has interests in alternative energy, manufacturing, and investment management.