Dick DeVos is one of the respected businessmen in the United States. He is a politician and a philanthropist too who has achieved a lot in his career. DeVos was born in the year 1955 in Michigan. Although his family was very wealthy, the established businessman went for his education at a public school known as Forest Hills.
After graduating from school, the entrepreneur decided to join in the business. When he was graduating, Amway, the family business, was operating under the leadership of his father. With the help of his brother, Dick DeVos played a crucial role in enhancing the social activities in the institution. They would be in charge of showing products to the customers, clearing plates from the tables after events and also escort the guests.
The wealthy entrepreneur went for his university education at the Northwood University. He studied business administration, and this is one of the reasons he has done well in business. He wanted to continue his with education at the Harvard Business School and Wharton School. However, he never graduated from these institutions. He was later on honored with doctorates from three institutions: Central Michigan, Grove City College, and Northwood University.
After his university education, Dick DeVos was appointed to work in several positions in Amway. Dick held the position of vice president and later on the president of the institution, and he managed to improve the sales and profits of the company in the international and local markets. The company managed to expand significantly under his leadership too. He retired from the company in the year 2002 so that he could venture into politics. The same year, the Forbes Magazine listed him as one of the wealthiest individuals in the United States.
Apart from being successful in their business, the DeVos have been active in philanthropic activities. The family is believed to have given donations amounting to two hundred million dollars in the last four decades for several charity causes in the community.
The influential businessman has also played a crucial role in American politics. His wife, Betsy is also a distinguished Republican, who has served in the party as chairperson for several years. In the year 2006, Dick DeVos ran for the gubernatorial seat in Michigan. However, he lost the seat to Jennifer Granholm.