Dick DeVos is the husband to United States Secretary of State, Betsy DeVos. Betsy was appointed to serve in Trump’s administration. Betsy DeVos is a renowned philanthropist and education activist. The DeVos family is one of the wealthiest families in the United States. Dick and Betsy have been married since the 1980’s. Dick DeVos has mainly been involved in businesses although he has once tried his hand in politics.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have spent big in philanthropic work. They have spent millions of dollars advocating for issues such as the right to work legislation and school vouchers.
Dick comes from the famous Richard DeVos family. Richard is listed in the Forbes list top 100 richest persons in the world. His net worth is approximate $5.1 billion. Richard is the founder of Amway Corporation. This is the firm that is believed to have generated most of his wealth.
Dick DeVos started his business career as an employee in his father’s company. In 1984 he was appointed the vice president of Amway Corporation. Richard is also the owner of Orlando Magic Basketball team. He, however, left the team under the management of his son, Dick. He is the president and CEO of the club. Dick DeVos later rose to the position of president at Amway. He later moved on to start his own investment management firm known as Windquest Group.
Dick DeVos attempted to join politics in 2006 when he ran in the elections as a Republican Party nominee for the governor of Michigan. However, he did not succeed in his quest.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have spent millions of dollars in their efforts to provide private school vouchers. The DeVos served as co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund in Michigan. The goal of this fund was to provide scholarships to students from low-income families. They also spearheaded the Kids First! Yes! Campaign. The campaign was aimed at allowing tax credits and vouchers for k-12 schools in the state of Michigan.
Betsy DeVos is the head of American Federation of Children. This is an organization that supports charter schools in the U.S. Dick and Betsy are financiers of pro-charter schools organizations. The school vouchers are meant to have every parent send their children to a school of choice. The DeVoses are in particular in support of privatization of education system. According to Dick, the public school system disenfranchise students since they do not offer the same quality of education as the private schools.
Apart from the educational reforms that Dick and Betsy DeVos are pushing for, they also advocate for the right to work regulations. The DeVos believe that an employee should be allowed to work without being forced to join workers’ unions. The DeVos has spent over $23 million supporting the right to work laws.
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