Dick DeVos is the son of Helen and Richard DeVos. He grew up being involved in Amway Corporation as his father was the co-founder of the healthcare, household and personal care products distributor. The qualified jet pilot started working formally at Amway in 1974 where he served in various divisions. He later became the vice-president of the company’s international operations. During his tenure, the international sales grew tremendously. In 1989, he started Windquest Group a firm with holdings in manufacturing, economically and environmentally sustainable energy alternatives.
His family acquired the Orlando Magic, a basketball franchise in 1991. The national champion sailor proceeded on to be the team’s president and CEO for about three years. The Northwood University alumni returned to Amway in 1993 and served as the company’s CEO. As the president of Amway, Dick DeVos led the company in expanding to more than 50 countries. In 2000 Amway was restructured to partner with other companies to form Alticor Corporation, a process he oversaw. He retired from the corporation in 2002 and concentrated with his company, Windquest Group where he is currently the president.
His passion to make the world better encouraged him to run for the 2006 gubernatorial seat in Michigan State though he was not successful. Dick has led several community initiatives in the state and also educational reform movement. He is the author of “Rediscovering American Values” a book that was a New York Times bestseller. The father of four has served and also serves on various boards such as Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Willow Creek Association and Spectrum Health System among others. Dick is the founder and the chairperson of West Michigan Aviation Academy, a public school based at Gerald Ford International Airport.
Dick is married to Betsy DeVos, and together they have touched so many lives through their charitable acts. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has donated funds to Dick DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Hope College, American Education Reform Council, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Children First America and Rehoboth Christian School. As co-chairs of Education Freedom Fund, Dick and Betsy facilitated scholarships to low-income families. In 2008 they established Dick and Betsy DeVos Scholarship to support students from developing countries so that they may earn MA, MBA or MSA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. They have also funded a study of pollution sources of Lake Macatawa.