Dick DeVos Jr. is an investor and businessman based in Michigan. Dick is also an accomplished author who was born in October 21, 1955. Dick is the eldest son Richard DeVos, the co-founder and president of the Amway Corporation. From 1993 to 2002 Dick served at the consumer goods distribution company as its chief executive officer. In 2012, DeVos ran for the Michigan Governor, but he lost to the then Jennifer Granholm Democratic incumbent. He is the husband of Betsy DeVos, who is the 11th United States Secretary of Education.
Dick DeVos graduated from the Forest Hills public school system. He attended North Wood University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Dick DeVos later paid to attend Harvard Business School, but he did not complete the course. DeVos has received several honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Grove city College and Northwood University. Dick DeVos is also a distinguished alumnus of Northwood University. He has worked in some executive positions and has been a leader in many community initiatives.
DeVos started his career at Amway Corporation in 1994 where he headed positions in various departments such as finance, sales, manufacturing, marketing, research, and development. He became one of the Amway vice presidents in 1984, taking the responsibilities of the firm operations in 18 countries. The organization tripled its foreign sales exceeding its domestic sales and opened numerous new markets in his leadership.
Richard DeVos, Dick’s father, became the president and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Associations (NBA) Orlando Magic in 1991. On October 21st, 2005 DeVos has announced the next part owner because his father had split ownership evenly among his children. Dick became Orlando Magic’s president and the chief executive officer.
Dick DeVos became one of the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990 after winning the election. He resigned after two years of his eight-year term because he wanted to return to Amway as CEO. Dick was appointed a board of control at the Grand Valley State University by Governor John Engler in 1996. In 2008, Dick DeVos and his wife, Gila, teamed up to start The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship to support the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s MS, MA, and MBA. Betsy and DeVos also committed $22.5 million in 2010 to the Kennedy Centre Institute of Arts and Management. The Devos family has donated funds to Northwood University including buildings, financial donations, and scholarships. They believe that public health and safety are essential.
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