Dick DeVos is an American entrepreneur born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Richard DeVos, recognized as the 67th richest man in America whose net worth amounts to more than $5.1 billion. He married to Betsy DeVos, and has been doing philanthropic works together.
Even though he was born with a silver spoon, Dick DeVos was taught by his father to work hard in order for him to achieve his goals. He did not get any privilege as a child, even if his family is wealthy and well-known. He was raised by his parents to become someone who knows how to strive and persevere in order to become successful. This lesson that was implanted into the mind of the young Dick DeVos has given him the advantage when he faced the real world. Dick DeVos had his first job at his father’s company, Amway, and he was given different low ranking positions and was being assigned into different departments. He never complained about not being given a high ranking position, and he worked his way to the top by performing well and doing his job right. After serving at a number of departments inside Amway, he was promoted until he became the company’s vice president. Dick DeVos used his skill in order for the company to be driven into success, and because of him, their profits soared high, beating any previous records that they have. Dick DeVos worked for Amway for six years, and decided to leave the corporate world and has told his father that he will join their newly purchased basketball franchise to be one of their managers.
Dick DeVos did not stay for long being a basketball manager, and decided to go back to Amway when his father resigned as the president. His return to Amway has made him the company president, and during his leadership, he tried beating the previous performances that Amway did back when he was still the company vice president. He also spearheaded the expansion of their business into other countries, and they managed to penetrate unreachable markets. Amway has undergone several milestones under the leadership of Dick DeVos, and when he thought that his mission with the company is over, he decided to step down once again, and focused on taking care of his family.
Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos is currently looking after their own foundation, and has been raising funds for the organizations that they are helping. The two loves to donate to charities and organizations around West Michigan, and their foundation is focusing on five key areas: community, education, arts, justice and leadership. One of their key programs are giving some vouchers and scholarships for American children, ArtPrize competition, Children’s hospital, and so much more.