Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Dick DeVos is a very successful philanthropist and entrepreneur. His education in business started at an early age. Even as a child Dick DeVos was involved with Amway. He is the son of Richard DeVos, the successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Amway.
From sales and marketing to finance and administration, he held a variety of positions while employed at Amway. His most recent position at Amway was the chief executive officer from 1992 through 2003. As CEO of Amway, he was responsible for a dramatic increase in international sales. The international sales increased from ten percent to fifty percent of total sales; during his tenure as the chief executive officer.
Recognized as a philanthropist, he supports several charitable organizations. As president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation; he contributes financially to many charitable organizations. Created in 1990, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation works with charities supporting education, community, and artistic organizations. Dick DeVos continues to support ArtPrize, a creative competition for local artists in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management received a financial contribution for twenty-two million dollars from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. Upon receiving this charitable donation, it was renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. This donation is the largest charitable contribution on record at the Kennedy Center Foundation. Recently the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts decided to expand their current facilities. They set a fund raising goal of sixty million dollars. Through his consistent generosity, Dick DeVos donated over one million dollars to the recent expansion of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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