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The Benevolent Businessman, Dick Devos.

Dick and Betsy Devos are among the few philanthropists around the world. The couple is committed to making a difference and every year they donate millions of dollars to projects that benefit the people. In their lifetime, their charitable contributions total is about $139M. I would say that the couple hails from a family with a giving tradition as Rich Devos, Dick’s dad is also known for his generosity. In 2015, the total charity giving of Rich together with his children was $104M. Dick and Betsy consult their children on where to donate and through the dick and Betsy Family Foundation, they gave $11.6M in 2015.

 

The West Michigan husband and wife give education priority and are dedicated to seeing that education system is effective, affordable and fulfilling to the students and the educators. Lakes Education Foundation and Michigan-based Charter School are some of the beneficiaries. The couple is the proud patrons of West Michigan Aviation Academy, which had 15 licensed pilots graduating last year. In 2015, education was allocated 26 percent of the total donations and giving towards arts and culture was 21 percent. 16 percent of their contributions that year was for civic and community. Leadership and development projects got a total of $ 1.5M which is 13 percent. Public policy, health and human services and churches were offered 12, 5 and 4 percent respectively.

Dick’s Work and Personal History.

 

Dick Devos is a dedicated businessman and is the president of his company, The Windquest Group, an investment management company. His responsibilities started at an early age as he would work at his father’s company, Amway Corporation. Dick formally joined Amway in 1974 where he served in departments such as research and development, finance, manufacturing and marketing. As the vice-president of the company, there was tremendous growth in sales and the company opened new markets. Under his leadership as CEO and president, Amway expanded operations in new countries and continents. He also oversaw the restructuring of Amway to Alticor Corporation. He retired from the company in 2002. The philanthropist was the CEO and president of Orlando Magic for about three years after its acquisition in 1991.

 

Dick is an alumnus of the Northwood University and holds honorary doctorates from several institutions. He is an author and his book “Rediscovering American Values” was a New York Times bestseller. The qualified jet and helicopter pilot is passionate about community initiatives something that played a role in his race to be Michigan State governor in 2006. The father of four is a national champion sailor and serves on boards such as Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Spectrum Health System and Michigan State Chamber of Commerce. Dick and his wife Betsy has touched many lives through their charity foundation and I would be right in saying they are a couple with golden hearts.