Richard Marvin DeVos Jr. aka Dick DeVos is a prominent businessman and philanthropist, hailing from the richest family in Michigan. His father, Richard Marvin DeVos Sr. is the co-founder of Amway Corporation. He co-founded the company together with his long-time friend, Jay Van Andel, back in the year 1926.
Surprisingly, even after having been born of a very wealthy family, Dick attended public schools. He is a graduate of the Forest Hills public school system. Dick later applied to Northwood University and due to his good grades, they considered him. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, from this university. He also boasts of three honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College and Central Michigan University.
Dick’s career began at a very early age. He started working for his family business, Amway, since he was 19. But his roles in the company had begun even earlier. He remembers the company being operated from their basement and he would be sent on errands for the business. Also, during business parties he and his siblings would be asked to serve as mini-hosts.
When he officially began working for the company, he first worked in positions like R&D, marketing, sales, and business development. A decade later and he was promoted to be one of the company’s VPs. He would oversee the operation of the company in over 18 countries, outside of the US. From the company records, it was noted that under his leadership, foreign sales exceeded local sales for the very first time. Also, the total sales tripled. Two years later, he was again promoted to VP of foreign operation. He stayed in this position until the year 1992 when he left to work for Orlando Magic.
Orlando Magic had been bought by Dick’s father in the year 1991 and he was giving all his children a share. So, Dick went to help manage it, assuming the role of president and CEO of the company. A year later he left the franchise and went back to work for Amway- this time succeeding his father as the president of the company. He stayed president until the year 2002 when he retired and founded his own company, The Windquest Group. He continues to work for the company as its president.
Dick DeVos’ wife is the current secretary of education, Betsy DeVos. For the longest time, the couple has been advocating for education reforms in the country including school vouchers and privately-held charter schools. Other than that, they have established a foundation that concentrates on changing the lives of communities in various ways including arts, education, leadership and religion.