Dutch American Dick DeVos Jr. is a primary example of the pioneering spirit and devotion to making the world a better place that Dutch Americans are known for. Although he was born into the DeVos family and is the son of Richard DeVos Sr, who is one of the founders of the Amway corporation, along with Jay Van Andel, he was not content to simply allow his legacy to end there.
Instead, according to the New Netherlands Institute, Dick DeVos has been involved in the running of the Amway Corporation and other executive positions, has taken a political stand and run for office, and has participated in a variety of charities and charity organzions. This is truly a man who is not simply content to rest on his laurels and enjoy what he was given. Instead he worked hard to add to what he had and to make the world a better place by giving back what he could.
Dick DeVos started his career in 1974 at the Amway corporation where he learned about the various parts of the organization by holding many different jobs in many different parts of the company. By 1984 he was promoted to Vice President of Amway’s operations in 18 countries. He held that position until he left to start his own company, the The Windquest group, in 1989. The WindQuest Group focused on storage and closet organizers.
In 1991, he became manager of the NBA Orlando Magic Franchise, while still staying involved in the day to day operations of the WindQuest Group. Two years later he returned to Amway and succeeded his father as President. Under his supervision the Amway Corporation was restructured and renamed Alticor, which also included the Quixtar Corporation and the Access Business Group. He held that position until retiring in 2002.
In addition to devoting his time to the WindQuest Group since his retirement, he also has devoted his time to various political and social causes. Besides devoting time and money to various social causes, Dick also ran for Governor of Michigan in 2006 as a Republican. Despite the fact that he used his considerable resources to help him run for Governor and was considered at the time the wealthiest person to run for Governor of Michigan, he lost to his Democrat opponent, Jennifer Grandholm, by a 14 point margin and proved the old adage that money can’t buy everything.