Dick DeVos Education and Work History
Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Richard Marvin DeVos and Helen June (Van Wesep). Richard DeVos, his father is the co-founder of Amway. Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur-businessman and has spent his vast career working in various executive positions at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Windquest Group, and Amway. DeVos went through the public school system and graduated from Forest Hills. He holds a business administration degree from Northwood University. He has also attended Wharton’s School, the Harvard Business School, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Grove City College, Central Michigan University and Northwood University where he enjoys distinguished alumni status. DeVos is also a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot and has won the National sailor championship twice.
During his nine-year term as the president of Amway, DeVos was actively involved in the company’s operations which span around 50 countries in six continents. Amway reported $4.5 billion in sales, during his last fiscal year. Before becoming president, he had worked as Vice President of Amway International where he was in charge of operations in 18 countries outside America. During his presidency at Amway, the company tripled its international sales and opened new markets for the first time exceeding domestic sales. In 1991 the DeVos family acquired the Orlando Magic team, and Dick DeVos assumed the role of CEO for three years.
Apart from his business roles, DeVos has also been involved in many community initiatives. He started the West Michigan Aviation School, an Education Freedom Fund that has awarded scholarships to over 4,000 underprivileged children in Michigan, and has also served on the Education State Board. He has acted as chair/co-chair of various regional healthcare and revitalization improvements in the Grand Rapids area including a $212M convention center, $75M downtown arena, a $130M heart hospital, a $30M Downtown Market and a $90M medical school. In 1997, he published a book “Rediscovering American Values,” which is a best seller and is available in seven different languages. Dick DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos who is a former chair lady of Michigan Republican Party and a Secretary of Education designee of President-Elect Donald Trump. They both have seven children and five grandchildren.