DeVos Family Helps to Promote New School Voucher Programs
The United States seems to be riddled with wealthy families. We hear about them all the time on the news and in magazines. A lot of what we hear about is their success either personally or in business. This is not the case with the DeVos family however. They are undoubtedly a wealthy family. In fact, Dick DeVos Jr. is reportedly on of the wealthiest men in the United States with a net worth of around five billion dollars. However, there is much talk and attention around all of the philanthropic efforts that Dick and his wife Betsy DeVos engage in. To be sure, they have established their own philanthropy known as the Richard and Helen Devos Foundation through which they address many political and social concerns by donating money to make positive changes.
A recent focus of their philanthropy has been in the educational realm. Recently, there has been a large push for school choice and new voucher programs. There has been a large increase in movement towards these ideals and the monstrous contributions from the Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation to this cause can certainly be attributed to its success. Currently, 13 states as well as Washington, D.C. include active voucher programs. In addition, we are seeing an increase in support for home schooling and other alternative forms of education. Religious programs and churches are another large focus of the foundation. Some programs they are associated with include the Zuni Christian school as well as the Inner City Christian Federation.
Dick DeVos lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Betsy and their three children. They are very active both politically and socially in their city. In fact, DeVos even ran for governor of Michigan but ended up losing the candidacy.
Sailing is one of DeVos’ hobbies and passions that he has excelled in. He has two national titles and has participated and won in one of the longest sailing competitions in the world. Aviation is another interest of Dick’s.
Richard DeVos Senior, the father of Dick DeVos was the founder of Amway, a distribution company that Dick took over as CEO for a few years. He led the company into new international growth and eventually retired to focus on other areas of his life. Before this, Dick was owner and president of the National Basketaball Association’s Orlando Magic.