Dick DeVos together with his wife Betsy DeVos, the US secretary of education founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and are well known for their philanthropic words mostly geared towards education. Dick’s wife journey in politics began back in college and has since remained active up to date. She also served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years while her husband Dick was the Republican Party nominee for governor of Michigan in 2006. The two are not only active in politics but have also been successful in business. Dick DeVos is a former president of Amway and also of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise. Her wife Betsy, on the other hand, is the chairman of the Windquest group which is a company that was founded by the couple in 1989. During an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy DeVos said that she was very pleased to see that the reforms she has always campaigned for in education are taking shape. The two have always worked together to help children from low-income families get access to good education. The project which began by supporting a few students in one school has now grown to support much more. When they had school going kids, they felt the urge to help other parents choose the right schools for their children. Their commitment to helping fellow parents led Dick to run for State Board of Education in Michigan and was elected in 1990. At the time, his wife Betsy started an organization that provided scholarships for low-income families to allow those parents make a choice about the right school for their children.
Born in 1955 in Grand Rapids Michigan, Richard Marvin DeVos went Northwood University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has also received honorary doctorates from Grove City College, Central Michigan University, and Northwood University.
Dick has served in various capacities with different organizations. Following the footsteps of his parents, Dick and his wife are not just leaders but servants offering their support in education, arts, justice and the community. Dick and his wife have been married for 38 years and together have seven children and six grandchildren. Visit dickdevos.com for more. Some of the organization that Dick and his family support include; West Michigan Aviation Academy, Inner City Christian Federation and DeVos Institute of Arts Management.