Dick DeVos is a dedicated businessman as well as a dedicated entrepreneur who is born and raised in Michigan, the state to which he also currently calls home. Dick DeVos has a passion for business that he inherited from his father, Dick DeVos, founder of Amway Corporation, a consumer distribution company to which Dick DeVos eventually served as the CEO of from 1993 to 2002. Dick DeVos, through his success was even able to build himself up to become a billionaire and even made it on the Forbes’ list of richest individuals in the world with a net worth of 5.1 billion dollars. As a wealthy and well connected individual, Dick DeVos has used this to his advantage through both politics as well as philanthropy.
One of the biggest receivers of Dick DeVos’ generosity is education reform. Dick DeVos believes that those who receive a top level education should receive it based upon merit and not upon family income. That is why Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy, have donated millions of dollars to not only scholarships, but also seed money to build new schools for children. Mr. DeVos is a firm believer that the best way to improve a community is by educating the entirety of that community.
Dick DeVos’ passion for business started at an early age when his family’s company was a startup company. Dick DeVos has been involved in the family business even when it was held in the basement of his home. As Mr. DeVos grew up, so did his family’s business. Dick DeVos played a role in helping to build the business as he and his brother stocked shelves and even helped by giving product demonstrations to the clients. When Dick DeVos officially joined the company in 1974, he proved himself a useful asset to the company. One of Mr. DeVos’ fondest memories was using his skills to build the international sales of the company with over 18 different countries.
With the success that Dick DeVos has had, Mr. DeVos has now wanted to concentrate more on both his family as well as on philanthropy. To succeed Dick DeVos in his companies, Mr. DeVos has appointed Phil Dolci, a marketing expert with over two decades of experience in the business industry. Dick DeVos not only appointed Mr. Dolci for his marketing skills, but also for his ability to lead his employees and his company into the future.