Many people by now know the name of Dick and Betsy DeVos. In fact, the nation appears to be somewhat split by their opinions of this high profiled couple. An interview that was published on Philanthropy Roundtable’s website, however, shares some very interesting insight about this amazing couple.
The article was published a while back. It is an intense, and in depth, interview with Dick DeVos’ wife, Betsy. During this interview, Besty gives a detailed description of the various charitable organizations the couple have worked with. She also discusses the various organizations that they have started themselves. Mrs. DeVos also describes what prompted the wealthy couple to start focusing their efforts into education and education reform. Mrs. DeVos also gives her opinions on the various options of education that parents should have for their children. This includes charter schools, traditional homeschooling, and online schooling options.
Dick DeVos has also been a very active player in the political world. He has sat on several boards in their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. These boards were created to help revitalize certain neighborhoods in the Grand Rapids area. Other boards Mr. DeVos sat on were implemented to improve the heath care facilities and options available to the residents of his city. In the 1990s, Mr. DeVos also sat on the Michigan State Board of Education and the Grand Valley State University Board of Control. He also ran for Governor of the State of Michigan in 2006.
Charitable organizations, various boards, and political affiliations are not all that make up Dick DeVos. He has also been a very active participant in the business world too. The son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, Dick has held various roles in the family business. As the business grew, so did Dick’s job and responsibilities. From 1993 until 2002, Dick was the CEO of the company’s consumer goods distribution company. He was also part owner, with his siblings, of the Orlando Magic basketball team in the 1990s.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have been married for over four decades. They have seven children and multiple grandchildren. In addition to his various business roles, Dick is also a champion sailor and a well experienced pilot of both jets and helicopters.
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