Dick DeVos Says Education Is Number One Priority

Richard “Dick” DeVos is a businessman, philanthropist and CEO from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is married to the current Secretary of Education for the Donald Trump

Administration. DeVos is the current CEO of the Windcrest Group, a company that focuses on consumer products, manufacturing, clean tech, and more.

 

DeVos is also the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. Not only is the DeVos family among the richest in the U.S., they are also the sole owners of the Orlando Magic basketball team. DeVos served as CEO of the team from 1992-2000. His father recently split ownership of the team between his five children.

 

DeVos is currentlly married to Betsy DeVos, the newly elected Secretary of Education for the Donald Trump Administration. He and his wife run the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a philanthropic effort to help disadvantaged individuals, support the arts and other initiatives around the state of Michigan.

 

During DeVos’ time running Amway, the company saw record growth and expansion to a number of countries. Many describe DeVos as personable, intelligent and a man who knows how to make things happen. His proven track record is a testament to his profit-making abilities.

 

DeVos and his wife have been at the forefront of school change. They are huge supporters of school choice and the charter school program. In fact, their foundation has poured millions of dollars into charter schools. DeVos started the West Michigan Aviation Academy for children who have an interest in aviation and engineering. DeVos happens to be an experienced pilot.

 

In 2006, DeVos ran to unseat incumbent Governor Jennifer Granholm. He eventually lost by 8 points. DeVos says it was a learning experience and he may run for office again in the future.

 

DeVos and his wife live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have four grown children and one grandchild.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.