Dick DeVos was born October 21st 1995. He is the eldest son to Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway. The Amway Corportation is a privately owned company, which works as a network sales firm. The private co-operation specializes in distributing the health, household together with personal care products through its dealers. The dealers then recruit second level dealers, the second dealers establish third level dealers until the final consumer is accessed.
DeVos has worked in Amway Corporation holding different positions. He began working at Amway Corporation in the year 1974, ten years later he was promoted to the position of Vice President of the firm’s activities in 18 countries around the world. The job as the Vice President, would enable him gain more experience outside of the family owned company. Dick left Amway Corporation in 1989 and decided to start his own business venture, The Windquest Group. The business specialized in the production and sales of storage and closet organizers.
Dick went back to Amway Corporation as President where he was able to succeed his father in 1993. During his tenure as President at Amway Corporation, Dick oversaw a lot of projects meant to restructure the Amway Corporation. The restructure of Amway Corporation was done in the year 2000. During Dick’s time as President, Alticor Corporation was established; this acted as the umbrella firm. The firms that were covered by Alticor Corporation include the Amway Corporation, the Access Business Group and the Quixtar Corporation. The restructuring of Amway Corporation enabled it to expand its activities to over 50 countries and territories in six continents.
DeVos quit his job as President in 2002, to concentrate on his business venture the Windquest Group. He also developed political interest at that time, and in 2006 he decided to run for the seat of governor of Michigan State as Republican candidate. The wealthy background of Dick DeVos was a huge boost to his campaign.
He is married to Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ DeVos, they have established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. The Foundation has participated in donating a lot of dollars meant to support different activities such as educational, community, religious, artistic and free-market economic organizations since its establishment in 1990. The foundation has also taken part in arts funding, the Dick and DeVos Foundation was reported to have contributed 22.5 million dollars to support the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. The institute was then renamed to DeVos Institute of Arts Management, arts managers together with board members are offered practical training at the institute.