Dick DeVos: The Amway Heir With A Passion For Philanthropy

Richard DeVos Jr or Dick DeVos as he is more commonly referred to is the son of Richard DeVos, the founder of the multinational company, Amway. He is one of the biggest philanthropies in the country and is known for the incredible contribution that he has made to improve the country. He began his career in the international department at Amway and worked for several years there before he took over as the CEO of the company. Seeing his father work, he knew a thing or two about how to run a business. Using this knowledge, he proved to be an excellent leader for the company and was vital to the growth and development. Since he had such a strong backing in international markets, he decided to use that to his strengths and help the company expand. Under his leadership, Amway expanded to almost fifty different countries all over the world and is now a Fortune 500 company. After spending a good amount of time at the leading position in the company, he decided to step down to focus on his other ventures that he had in mind.

 

His philanthropic endeavors were one of the main reasons why he decided to step down. He has always been a person who wanted to help others and decided to set up the DeVos Family Foundation to fulfill this. He started this organization along with his wife Betsy DeVos, who is the current education minister of the country. Through the organization, the couple has changed the lives of numerous people, by providing them with the necessities that they need to lead a good and sustainable life. Education was one of the main aspects that the organization was formed to support. DeVos and his wife have both always believed in uplifting the education system in the country, and through the organization, can do so on a larger scale. The DeVos Family Foundation offers scholarships to students coming from underprivileged backgrounds so that they can go and seek a higher level of education in schools that are run by private owners. This allows these students to get a higher quality of education so that they can work towards a better future. DeVos also offers scholarships to students passing out of the university that he went to, especially those who have completed their MBAs. Being a businessman himself, DeVos offers scholarships to these students so that they can have the resources to start up their ventures.

 

DeVos is extremely patriotic and believes in working towards maintaining the natural beauty of Michigan. He has done a lot to ensure that the state’s natural resources are unharmed. He has also donated to organizations that help the environment and which are making efforts to preserve it.