The Life of Entrepreneur Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is an innovative, reputable community and business entrepreneur. He was born on October 21, 1955, as Richard Marvin DeVos, Jr. He is the son of Richard DeVos, Sr, who is the co-founder of Amway. Dick has covered his business career serving in various executive positions at The Windquest Group, where he is currently the President, the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Amway.

Dick DeVos was the President of Amway from 1993 to 2002, where he was responsible for all the aspects of the operations of Amway in 50 countries around six continents. In the final fiscal year of service at Amway, the company reported $4.5 billion sales. Before assuming the Presidency, DeVos was the Vice President of Amway International. As the Vice President, he was responsible for the operations of the company in 18 nations outside North America. It was under his administration that the organization opened up to new markets, which led to the tripling of international sales. For the first time, the domestic sales were exceeded by global sales in the company.

In 1991, the DeVos family acquired Orlando Magic, and he became the President and CEO of the team, a position he served for three years. In addition to successfully executed business roles, DeVos has been an impassioned leader in a broad spectrum of community initiatives. He is the proud founder of the Education Freedom Fund, which granted over 4,000 scholarships to the less privileged children in Michigan. These awards went to the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is a High School that purposes to provide a rigorous and in-depth educational program with a focus on aviation.

He has also been privileged to serve on the State Board of Education. He has chaired and co-chaired numerous regional health care improvements and revitalization in the Grand Rapid area. Some of such include a $90 million medical school, $130 million heart hospital, $30 million Downtown Market, $212 million convention center, and a $75 million downtown arena. Dick DeVos is the proud author of “Rediscovering American Values“, which is New York Times best-selling book. The book was published in 1997 and is accessible in seven languages.

He is also a two-time National Champion sailor. Dick is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwood University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. He has also attended the Harvard Business School in addition to attending the Executive Study Programs at the Wharton School.