The oldest son of Richard DeVos, Sr. is Dick DeVos, who is the co-founder along with Jay Van Andel of Amway Corporation, which is a privately owned company. The Amway Corporation, which is a network sales company, is responsible for distributing it’s household, health and personal care products to dealers, who in turn are able to recruit second level dealers, and then from there the second level dealers are able to recruit third level dealers, typically the final level of dealers are customers for the products that decide to move up the product chain. Since 1974, DeVos has worked for the Amway Corporation, and since that time has held various positions with different levels of responsibilities. During 1984, he became the vice president of the Amway Corporation, this position was for the company’s operations in 18 different countries, most likely in order to gain the experience outside of the firm that was family owned. DeVos left the firm in 1989, in order to start his new business venture, which was The Windquest Group, which was a company involved and manufacturing and
marketing of closet and storage organizers. Then in 1991, his father appointed him in managing the National Basket Association’s Orlando Magic Basketball franchise, which had been acquired by his family. Two years after this in 1993, he returned as the president of the Amway Corporation, and in 2000, he was in charge of the restructuring for the Amway Corporation. In 2002, DeVos retired from being the president of the corporation, as he devoted his time to his own private venture, the Windquest Group, as the president and also worked with political causes. In 2006, DeVos entered politics as he ran for the governor of Michigan on the Republican ticket, which he lost to Jennifer Granholm.
Prior to his involvement in politics in 2006, in 1990 he had won the election for the Michigan State Board of Education, however he resigned only two years into an eight-year term. His reason for resigning from this position was that he was returning as the CEO for Amway. In 1996, he was appointed by Governor John Engler for the Grand
Valley State University, on the Board of Control. DeVos, along with his wife, have served as co-chairs since 1993 for the Education Freedom Fund. This Fund is used to provide scholarships to families with a low-income who want to attend the school of their choice.
In his personal life, DeVos is married to Elizabeth Prince, who is the daughter of Edgar Prince, who is the owner, founder and president for the Prince Corporation in Holland, Michigan. Erik Prince, who is Elizabeth‘s brother, is the president and founder of Blackwater private security firm, which is in North Carolina. In addition to this, Erik is also active in the security services in Iraq, as well as other areas. Elizabeth and Dick have four children, who are named Elissa, Rick, Ryan and Andrea.
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