Dick DeVos: Sailing to Success

Dick DeVos is a notable entrepreneurial businessman from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dick is the son of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwood University, and then went on to attend the Harvard Business School as well as Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs. DeVos was awarded honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Central Michigan University, and Grove City College in addition to a distinguished alumni recognition from Northwood University (New Netherland Institute).

As President of Amway, Dick was responsible for all aspects of their operations across six continents. Amway recorded sales of $4.5 billion in his last fiscal year as President. Under his guidance and leadership, Amway tripled international sales and exceeded domestic sales for the first time ever (Learn more about Dick’s time at Amway here: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). In 1991, he became CEO and President of the Orlando Magic, a position he held for three years.

Dick is married to politician Betsy DeVos, who served as chairman for the Michigan Republican Party for several years. Dick and Betsy have four children together: Richard Marvin III, Elisabeth, Andrea, and Ryan. With a passion for philanthropy, they founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation aims to improve their community in the realms of education, community, arts, justice, and leadership. Dick has also served as chair/co-chair on numerous revitalization and health care programs in the Grand Rapids area.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dick also gives a lot of donations to political candidates and causes. His generosity was even alluded to in the series House of Cards, which he responds to in this MLive article.

In addition to being a businessman and philanthropist, Dick is also a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot, as well as a National Champion sailor.

 

In 2010, he founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy, an aviation public charter high school in Grand Rapids. Recently, DeVos took part in the Melges 32 2016 Gold Cup. Battling intense winds and fierce competition, Dick managed to make big gains and finished the second day of racing in position 1.