Dick DeVos is one of the most successful Michigan entrepreneurs, businessman and philanthropist. He is Richard DeVos’ son, one of the co- founder of Amway Corporation. He was listed as 67th richest man in the world in the year 2012, having a net worth of about $ 5.1 million. He took over the leadership of Amway, but left to start his own company, The Windquest Group. Like other men who have amassed a lot of wealth, DeVos is very passionate about helping societies. Together with his wife, they have formed the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation. The foundation contributes and supports various charities including;
Dick DeVos is very passionate about education and believes that people should have equal opportunities at an education. For this reason, they contribute to the country’s education in the following ways;
West Michigan Aviation Academy
This is the first aviation charter school in the nation. The school was founded with an aim of giving an opportunity for every student with a passion for aviation, regardless of their background to attend the school. DeVos covers tuition for each and every student attending the school, therefore, significantly reducing the cost of attending aviation school.
With the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation, DeVos, collaborates with Thunderbird School of Global management. He offers scholarships to students entering the school to pursue Masters in Arts, Science and Business Administration. They also collaborate with Northwood University to offer scholarships for students pursuing BBA and MBA.
DeVos is highly involved in the politics of this nation. At one point, he even ran for Governor of Michigan. DeVos invests in training future leaders.
Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is known to have made the biggest donation in the history of Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. They contributes a whopping $ 22.5 million which went to training of arts managers in all fields of arts all over the world. This saw the center renamed to DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
DeVos’ passion for the environment has seen his foundation make contributions towards research on the source of pollution in Lake Macatawa. This is in bid to make Michigan a better place to live in.