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Dick DeVos: Maintaining Bonds and Strengthening Ties

Dick DeVos has thrown his support behind Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. With the departure of former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, from the race for the Republican nomination, Sen. Rubio seemed to be the best choice for Mr. DeVos to endorse, as he and his family have been a part of the Florida community for many years. While Michigan is home to the DeVos family the Orlando Magic basketball team are also part of their family and they maintain homes in the Vero Beach, Florida area.

Mr. DeVos’s endorsement of Marco Rubio is a continuation of their relationship going back to the mid-2000s when they met while trying to open the way for a larger school choice for people. While he waited to give his endorsement, Mr. DeVos felt that Marco Rubio was the right choice, and this seems to fall in line with the families philanthropic principles as shown by their most recent reports of giving.
According to an article in Michigan Live, the DeVos family, including patriarch Richard Devos & wife, as well as Dick’s brothers, having given a lifetime total of $1.2 billion not including their political donation. More recent totals include $94 million for the year 2014 and close to $91 million for 2013. The article states that “In total, the DeVoses donated $90.9 million in 2013, with 48 percent going to education, 27 percent to health and community services, 13 percent to churches or faith-based organizations, and 12 percent to arts and culture.”   Dick weighs in on the House of Cards episode here in an exclusive interview to tell his portion of the happenings.
With his support of Marco Rubio for President, Dick DeVos has continued a tradition of leadership that he has continued to show throughout his lifetime. From helping the family business, Amway, in its humble beginnings in his childhood basement, to diving head first into the thick of things for the company when most young men would be enjoying the first years of college, to becoming a vice-president at 29 with a responsibility that covered 18 countries as this Amway heir has done, Dick has had an impressive career. He was even offered the position of ambassador to the Netherlands by George Bush, which he graciously declined to focus his efforts on his business at the Windquest Group and his dedication to making the state of Michigan as successful as possible.

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016

Learn more about Dick’s lucrative career on his LinkedIn profile.