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Dick and Betsy DeVos, The Exemplary Givers

Dick and Betsy DeVos have over the years attracted a lot of public attention based on their noble giving. Most people complain about the couple’s political giving acts, forgetting that the couple gives more in charity organizations than in politics. Most of the critics assume that Dick and Betsy DeVos give to bribe, forgetting charitable donations have no political influence.

Dick and Betsy DeVos borrowed their giving acts from their parents, who were also highly influential in the political realm. Case in point, Rich DeVos, Dick’s dad, entered the Forbes list of highest givers in 2015 when his donations totaled to $104 million. Additionally, even in previous years, Rich gave for political and charity reasons, as shown in the national history records. In a similar manner, Edgar, Betsy’s dad was a famous giver in Holland as he was an influential industrialist. Therefore, one concludes giving is in Dicks and Betsy’s genes and cannot be muted.

Dick and Betsy DeVos do not give haphazardly. Instead, they are focused towards making changes in institutions and systems, which they do not like. The couple specifically focuses on improving the education sector. In an interview conducted by the BBC, Dick stated that they noticed a loophole in the American education system that denied some kids the achievement of the American dream. Dick said that the children who came from the wrong zip codes ended up missing opportunities because of the poor education system. Consequently, the couple gives to Vouchers and Charter schools so that the institutions can address the issues that are ignored in the public schools. In so doing, Dick and Betsy DeVos assume that the public schools will borrow a leaf from these schools and also transform. Statistics show that the couple gave more than $3 million to education related courses and added an additional $357, 000 to education reform groups.

Albeit the family has always given, Betsy’s nomination in a political position raised more scrutiny to the family’s giving. Their assets were reviewed and they await a hearing in the near future concerning their assets. However, the couple has come up strongly defending their giving as more charitable than political.

Dick DeVos makes changes

Dick has great leadership qualities as he easily influences people to follow in his direction. As a result, he has severally been referred to as a change leader. An example of his high influence was felt when he took over the family business Army Corp as CEO in 1993. It was immediately after his assumption of office that he formed the Action Group of business leaders. The group gave life to the society as it helped in the construction of many institutions such as Michigan State University, the DeVos Place Convention Center and Van Andel Arena.

 

 

All You Should Know About Dick DeVos And His Recent Endorsement Of Charles Rubio.

Dick DeVos is a billionaire investor who resides in Michigan. He is married to Betsy DeVos, a very ambitious woman, and they have been together for over 30 years. Together, they have four children. Their family extends to include a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and two granddaughters. Dick DeVos was born in Michigan state. He studied at Forest Hills Public Schools where he graduated and joined Northwood University. In 1974, he began working at Amway Corporation, in this firm he held various executive positions. His breakthrough came in 1984 when she was appointed the Vice President of Amway International. Under his tenure, thus, Corporation became very prosperous and was able to expand further into 18 more countries.

 

Dick bought the Orlando Magic basketball franchise in 1991 and became its President and executive chief officer. Later, in 1993, he was appointed the president of Amway. In this new position, he managed to lead the corporation to make record sales and profit record margins. Currently, Dick DeVos is the co-chairman of Grand Action, an organization that focuses in revitalizing the downtown of Grand Rapids. On top if this, he is a member of the board of the following organizations RDV Corporation, Willow Creek Association, Spectrum Health System among many others. Dick DeVos is a very dedicated sportsman and is has won the National Champion sailor title two times. He also has a passion for flying and he is a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot. Currently, Dick DeVos plays an active management role at The Windquest Group. This is a privately held investment management firm that deals with various projects in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, green-tech and non-profit solutions, it is based in Michigan.

 

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy, have been active Republicans for a very long time. Betsy has been playing active roles in the Republican party since she was in college. She has also headed the Republican party in Michigan severally. Recently, Dick DeVos came forward and announced that his family will be supporting the Republican presidential aspirant Marco Rubio in the oncoming primaries. He endorsed Marco Rubio as the best candidate so far saying that he had worked with him for a long time, and he knows the type of leader he is. He said that he hopes the American public will consider Marco Rubio as the leader the nation deserves. He also added that for know they are concentrating on helping him win the Republican primaries before they focus on the presidential election.

 

Source.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_DeVos

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