The DeVos family is no stranger to American citizens that care for the future that the country is moving towards. Be it a talk about education, political reform or charitable events and philanthropic initiatives, Richard “Dick” DeVos Jr. and his wife, Betsy DeVos, have already done a lot to represent the common interests of the American community. When a couple as influential as this one unveils a charitable contribution of almost $139 million towards non-profitable roles, the media goes wild.
This revelation was made public in January 2017. Betsy is now the U.S. Education Secretary of Trump’s presidency, and her husband is, among other occupations, the former Vice President of the Amway corporations, a company that his father, Richard DeVos, which is also one of the richest people in the world, co-founded. When Dick was rewarded with the position in Amway, he was in charge of managing the company’s business in 18 countries outside of the U.S. His dedication led the company to great success in the outside market. The sales of these countries added to up to 5% of the maximum sales of the enterprise, but when Dick DeVos left the company, he had accomplished a percentage of more than 50%.
Richard is also the President of the Windquest Group, his private venture, where he leads investment strategies and plans to invest in technology for a greener future with sustainable energy and apparels. The group was awarded the title The Green Machine for its high potential to change the future.
Together with his brother, Doug DeVos, he also worked for Alticor, after they were restructuring their staff and offices. He would, however, soon be leaving to take full-time care of the Windquest Group as their President.
Dick DeVos is not away from the philanthropical attitudes that his wife is known for. Her fight for a better education system in the U.S. is his fight as well.
In 2015, both had a maximum donation value of $11.6 million for charities. The DeVos provide these donations through their private investment foundation that was specifically created for that matter, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
These contributions include support for the American Federation for Children program, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, created by Dick DeVos himself, and other institutions that have a common goal of helping children and the educational path of the nation. His wife is also a sympathizer for art, being a direct donor of the ArtPrize institution.
It’s not just the DeVos couple that has contributed towards a better America, though. The entire DeVos family, a dynasty of generations, have already contributed towards generous funding in such an extent that they are now listed among the America’s Top Givers list from the Forbes Magazine. They estimate that the maximum amount reaches over $100 million.