Richard “Dick” DeVos is the eldest son of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s favorite citizen and Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. Quite the businessman and philanthropist in his own right, DeVos headed Amway and the family-owned Orlando Magic Basketball team for a combined twenty years.
On of the greatest compliments DeVos has received is the fact that he has never let wealth go to his head. He is a man who believes in philanthropy and the betterment of others who are less fortunate.
“I have always believed that a good education is the key to success.” DeVos and his wife Betsy have always been on the forefront of education. The DeVoses philanthropic foundation has given millions of dollars toward the state’s education system. “You can’t just stop with giving money,” says DeVos. “You have to get into the trenches and really fight.”
According to DeVos, the road to providing a better education was long and arduous. School choice is something that came with a great deal of resistance. “Not everyone was onboard. It took a while to change some minds,” said DeVos.
Education is the key to unlock doors that would otherwise be shut. Unfortunately, many inner-city schools lack the funding to provide an adequate education. Parents should have the right to send their children to schools that will provide the best education, according to DeVos.
So strong was DeVos’ conviction, he ran to unseat incumbent Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2006. Although he lost, the experience emboldened him to make another run in the future.
In his spare time, he loves to fly airplanes and sail on his award-winning boat.