In November 2016, Betsy DeVos was nominated by the then President-elect Donald Trump as the Secretary of Education. Following her nomination, the vetting committee required Betsy and Dick DeVos to submit reports of their charitable giving. The couple chose to reveal the reports for the public.
According to the report, Dick and Betsy DeVos had contributed $139 million in their lifetime. A great percentage of the contribution was given towards the Education sector. In 2015, the couple had contributed $11.6 million in support of different organizations. According to Dick, the couple is passionate about education and supports the various education programs.
Both Dick and Betsy DeVos come from power and philanthropic families. The DeVos family has cumulatively donated $1.33 billion in their lifetime.
Dick DeVos has built a reputable business career. Dick comes from a rich family, but he has managed to create a successful career as a businessman and investor. Dick began his career in 1974 when he joined Amway Corporation. Amway Corporation is a family owned Network Marketing Company. Dick was in charge of various divisions like marketing, research, sales, infrastructure, development, and finance.
With hard work, Dick managed to rise in ranks in the Company. In 1984, Dick acceded to the position of the Vice President of the Company. As the Vice President, Dick was in charge of operations of the Company in 18 countries.
Richard DeVos Sr. acquired the Orlando Magic in 1991. Dick DeVos served as the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Orlando Magic. He later resigned in 1993 to assume his position as the President of Amway. In 2000, Dick oversaw the restructuring of Amway. The process led to the formation of Alticor. Dick served as the President of the new company from 2000 to 2002 when he resigned.
Dick DeVos returned to Windquest Group as its President. The Windquest Company, a privately owned Company, deals with investment in manufacturing and technology.
Dick was elected as a Chairman of the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990. He served on the board for two years but later resigned. Dick left his position in the State Board to take up his position as the President of Amway Corporation. Six years later, DeVos was appointed to the Board of Control of Grand Valley State University.
In 2006, Dick also participated in the Michigan Gubernatorial Race. Even though he lost the race, Dick remains to be the richest person to ever participate in the race.
Dick and Betsy DeVos launched their foundation; the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. With this Foundation, the Couple has donated a significant amount of money to religious organizations, Aviation Academy, hospitals, and schools. The couple also founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy.