Dick DeVos is a business leader and philanthropist I heard much about during recent years because of his strong political beliefs and the fact he has been a dedicated supporter of many charitable groups. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation is probably how the majority became aware of these prominent members of the DeVos family, who have been named to the latest list of top philanthropists as a family after Forbes fought for 20 years for the release of donations made by the DeVos family; after looking through the partner groups the foundation works with I was impressed by the various different areas of giving DeVos and his wife have developed over the years.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has been working in a number of areas to help provide a better future for the people of the world, including the key areas of education, leadership, community, arts, and justice. Most of us who know even a little about the life and career of Dick DeVos know of the educational programs he has backed for a number of years, but his work providing support for the Kennedy Center for the Arts through the Foundation is not as well known; the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation provided support for a new pavilion area and arts management center that is now named after the DeVos family. During the impressive arts work Dick DeVos has completed he has also made sure his home area of Grand Rapids, Michigan with many arts projects now taking place in the area.
Not only have I been impressed with the philanthropic work undertaken by Dick DeVos, but his business career is one that is envied across the planet. In 2012, Forbes estimated Dick DeVos to be worth a staggering $5.1 billion because of the work he has completed as a business leader; DeVos led the AmWay Group created by his father for more than a decade before standing down as President in 2002. Since his semi-retirement Dick DeVos has found himself a new business life through the Windquest Group he shares with wife Betsy; this business allows the couple to invest in projects and businesses they are passionate about, including green technologies and a Grand Rapids based distillery.