Betsy DeVos is called the Reformer. She has been working for educational reform for many years. It started while she was a student at Calvin College and has continued for more than 30 years. She has worked for reform through the American Federation for Children and a variety of other national and local committees and non-profit organizations including the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation with her husband, Dick DeVos, the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. And she remains committed to and optimistic about the progress that’s been and continues to be made nationwide. She believes all children deserve the best education possible to enable them to fulfill their potential.
Michigan native Richard Marvin DeVos, Jr. is an entrepreneur and businessman. He’s been involved in Amway almost his entire life and was Amway CEO from 1993 until 2002. He is known for growing the company as well as using his great wealth, estimated to be in excess of $5 billion, to support a number of educational, social and humanitarian causes. He attended Northwood University where he earned a B.A. in business administration.
Beginning in 1974 Dick DeVos worked in marketing, sales, finance and research and development at Amway. He became a vice president in 1984 and ran the company’s overseas operations. With him at the helm, international sales tripled and for the first time exceeded domestic sales. When the DeVos family bought the Orlando Magic basetball team, Dick DeVos was team president and CEO and helped to grow the value and impact of the Magic brand significantly. In 1993 DeVos rejoined Amway as president and expanded the company’s operations to over 50 countries on 6 continents. In 2000 Dick DeVos created Alticor which became Amway’s parent company. That move improved the company’s profitability. DeVos retired from Alticor in 2002 and became president of the investment management firm The Windquest Group.
As president of the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, Dick DeVos has donated millions of dollars to a wide range of charitable and philanthropic causes. His donations have gone to artistic, civic, community, educational, religious and free-market economic organizations. For his philanthropic work Dick DeVos was given the Spectrum Health Foundation Art of Giving Award in 2010.