Dick DeVos is a former businessperson who served as the chief executive officer of the direct selling company known as Amway. Over the course of many years, DeVos helped the company become one of the top direct selling companies in the entire world. While DeVos has been very successful in business, he has also been quite active in philanthropy as well. During the past few decades, Dick has established himself as one of the most generous individuals in the United States. He has provided a lot of funding to various causes which include the arts, education, business development and the promotion of conservative values. According to top business sources, DeVos was recently rated as one of the most giving people in the nation. Over the course of his lifetime, he has given a total of $139 million to charitable causes.
DeVos has a very extensive background in charitable activities. One of the most common things he has donated his money to is education. He believes that the current educational system is insufficient for preparing people to experience the American Dream. As a result, DeVos has provided a considerable amount of funding to help improve the educational opportunities for individuals. On an annual basis, Dick provides funds in the form of scholarships for business school.
Another philanthropic activity that Dick provides funding for is the arts and culture. DeVos has made a number of contributions to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His contributions have been used to help the organization raise funds for their various events. The contributions made by Dick have also been used to help provide more training to managers to help them operate the organization more efficiently. With DeVos’ contributions, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has maintained its status as a top cultural institution.
Along with being a major contributor to various causes, Dick DeVos has had a very successful career in business. He spent a majority of his career working at Amway where he first held positions in numerous departments. Dick would then manage the Orlando Magic basketball team that his father owned. After managing the Orlando Magic front office, Dick would return to Amway and eventually become the chief executive officer. During this time he helped grow the company into a large worldwide direct selling company. In the year 1989, DeVos co founded an investment company known as the Windquest Group. This company invests in clean energy, manufacturing and technology. With this company, a number of innovative firms have been able to secure funding for their development.