This industrial and commercial leader was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 21, 1955, and he’s become an influence to the U.S. since he adopted philanthropy to his life.
Richard “Dick” Devos draws a lot of attention of media because of his outsized political donations, But these sums are almost nothing when someone compares them to his charitable contributions, which has made the United States much more fruitful as a result.
During his lifetime the philanthropist, married to Betsy DeVos that is the current U.S. secretary of education in the Donald Trump’s government, donated to a variety of charity organizations nearly $139 million. The best indicators of the great man and humanist Dick DeVos’ deeds are the different reports of his contributions to charity organization in 2015 alone.
On his family Foundation website, you can find that he gave $11,6 million in charitable contributions. He comes from a family that has supported the republican party for decades. His entire family is humane and composed by great philanthropists, so they ended up on 24th place on Forbes recent “America top givers” list. That’s something they are very proud of, and the DeVos family has simply changed the life of hundreds of individuals for the best. If we analyze the data of all donations of this family during their long practice of giving money to charity, we would get approximately $1,33 billion, which is around a quarter of their estimated fortune.
If we consider the areas and organizations to which most money is donated, we can say that Dick DeVos believes that education is one of the priorities in which to invest, something that Betsy DeVos also wholeheartedly agrees. Over 3 million of his 11,6 million he donated in 2015 was for educational purposes. Also, he gave $357 000 to groups which support reforms in the educational system, in an attempt to improve the availability of schools for families that do not have the social condition to support high-quality education.
After education, the thing that this successful businessman invests most is art and culture. The basic source of Dick DeVos wealth is Amway Corporation, led by the family. This company has developed an entire network of distribution of health, home, and personal care products. Dick DeVos is married to Elizabeth Prince, who currently changed her name to “Betsy DeVos,” and who is the daughter of Edgar Prince, the founder, and proud owner of the Prince Corporation of Holland, Michigan. Her brother, Erik Prince, is the founder and president of the Blackwater private security firm, located in North Carolina, which is very active in Iraq and other countries in the vicinity. Dick and Elizabeth DeVos have four children named Rick, Elissa, Andrea, and Ryan, and they are, together, a very happy family that has achieved success by helping others and the country they live in.