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Dick DeVos, An Entrepreneur And Charitable Person

Dick DeVos was born to be an entrepreneur. Even in his early days as a child, he was already involved with his father’s company; known as Amway. He recalls the company starting in his basement to what it has become today. DeVos began officially working with Amway in 1974, holding many positions in various parts of the corporation. He eventually became president in 1993 until 2002. He was responsible for the company’s operations in 50 countries and six continents.

 

In 1989, DeVos really started his charitable work with his wife by starting the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Fund. Thier goal was to help support education, arts and the community by giving to various organizations and groups. They have donated thousands and thousands of dollars. And in 2010 the power couple decided to open the very first public aviation school, due to their love of education and Dick’s love of flying. Later, DeVos would go on to donate over 20 million dollars to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management which was then renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The center offers practical training in the arts. And for all his work, DeVos was presented with an Art of Giving Award presented by the Spectrum Health Foundation at its annual philanthropy celebration.

 

Dick DeVos has been married to his wife Betsy for over 30 years and they currently have seven children and five grandchildren. They have donated millions of dollars throughout the years and continue to do so and make the world a more giving place.