Why Dick Devos Has Become a Force to Reckon With In Politics and Philanthropy

Dick Devos and his wife Betsy have become synonymous with their generous political donations over the years. Such attention garners criticism or even admiration especially when they have donated over $139 million over the years. Contrary to public perception, such donations can only be compared to pocket change when categorized with other similar contributions. As a staunch Republican advocate, Betsy Devo’s charitable contributions have dominated headlines especially when they have been received in the wake of confirmation hearings on Wednesday. Despite the mayhem currently witnessed, the great couple has decided to shed some insight into their charitable contributions channeled through their foundation.

 

Based on verified statistics, the West Michigan couple disbursed $11.6 million in 2015 alone. Such data can be obtained from the DeVos Family Foundation website. Upon closer analysis, such a sum is undeniably double the $5.3 million which had been donated over the last five years by Betsy DeVos as a vetting requirement for the Cabinet position. Unknown to most Americans, the DeVos’ philanthropic culture goes way back with Dick’s father pioneering such an excellent course. Alternatively, Rich DeVos and his adult children collectively donated a cool $104 million in 2015, inadvertently landing them on the 24th spot on Forbes’ “America’s Top Givers” list. Based on statistics provided by the family, the DeVos family has been accredited for donating a staggering $1.33 billion, which translates into a quarter of their $5.2 billion empire.

 

The West Michigan couple mainly prioritizes on education as the pillar stone of their philanthropy. A $3 million stake is a testament to their never-ending quest to advocating for educational causes. In a much broader scope, the Foundation recently awarded $357,000 to organizations focusing on education reform. In an attempt to enlighten the public, the DeVos couple aimed at diversifying education standards which apparently lost ground courtesy of a rigid system.

 

Personal Profile

 

As the oldest son of Richard DeVos, Dick has gone above and beyond to take the company to unprecedented success. Known as Amway Corporation, the highly successful network sales enterprise specializes in the distribution of household, health and personal care products through an efficient team of second and third level dealers with consumers being the final recipients of such an efficient product chain. Dick’s wife, Betsy Prince, traces her origins from Edgar Prince, the founder and president of Prince Corporation of Holland. The highly successful couple has four children under their acute and loving care.

 

Professional Background

 

Before serving as President of Amway, Dick’s career traces back to various positions he has managed at several companies such as the Windquest Group, NBA’s Orlando Magic and chairman positions at several companies. As president of Amway, he has overseen business operations in over 50 countries on six continents.