The New Netherland Institute’s article on Dick DeVos chronicles his far-reaching career spanning over four decades. A prestigious man Devos started out as an ambitious man with a long way to climb on the totem pole. After working his way from the bottom almost to the top of the Amway corp.as vice president in the 1970s and early 1980s,Dick set out on his own business venture with The Windquest Group.
Dick Devos then took to managing The Orlando Magic NBA basketball team from 1991 to 1993. For most people Devos’ is a resume that is one to be content with. Dick, however was far from finished as he moved back to Amway as it’s president. Eventually DeVos established a conglomerate called Alticor, in 2000, which consisted of Amway corp, Quixtar corp and Access Business Group.
Returning to his own conception as president of The Windquest Group in 2002 Dick DeVos had his mind on politics.Now a wealthy man, DeVos ran for governor of Michigan spending nearly $40 million of his own money on his campaign which he was not rewarded with the win for the effort in which he applied.
Most people reading the New Netherland Institute’s article would be neglected of Dick DeVos’ philanthropic endeavors, with the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family foundation. In 2015 alone, the foundation gave $11.6 million in charitable contributions. The Devos family seems to think that life isn’t measured by how well off you are but by how well you treat those in need. If you think that is something to write home about your eyes might water hearing that over the course of their lifetimes Betsy and Dick have given roughly a total of $139 million dollars to charities. The family has a track record of contributing to charities benefiting education and the arts tho they also contribute to other areas such as churches, human resources and education reform. Dick and Betsy seem to have gotten the entire family involved as their two children seem to be future philanthropists themselves. In my book following their father, they have some big shoe to fill.
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