One of the most prolific personalities in the entrepreneurial realm is without any doubt Dick DeVos; this is in respect of the immense contribution that he has brought to the sphere while at the helm of several multinational companies in America. Not only is he a business mogul but also a refined author and philanthropist who is currently married to Betsy DeVos, the current US Secretary of Education.
Dick DeVos’ massive contribution in the society was exhibited in a publication on The Philanthropy Roundtable where his wife shed some light on a myriad of philanthropic activities and education reform programs in which they had engaged in. In this publication, Betsy DeVos delves into various issues including the excellent success that their family foundation and some of their charitable organizations have achieved over the past years.
One of the salient aspects that stirred my intuition from the publication was the incredible number of children that had benefited from the School Choice program—over 250,000 students across 17 states. She also explained that the biggest success that they have ever had was in Florida which she attributes to the tax-credit scholarship program that has enabled over 50,000 students to attend schools of their families’ choice.
Dick DeVos’ remarkable set of leadership skills that has made him resoundingly popular can not only be attributed to the nurturing by his father but also from his commendable educational background. He is an alumnus of the Forest Hills Schools. He also graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Moreover, he is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University.
Born on 21st October, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dick DeVos kicked off his business career at a young age as he took part in running his family business. It suffices for me to assert that his career has since grown quite flamboyantly since he has been serving in diverse world-class companies, such as Amway Corporation where he served as a President in 1986; Orlando Magic where he has been a co-owner since October 2005; and currently serves as the chairman of the Windquest Group.
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