Dick DeVos is a multi-millionaire. He’s known for his work as the former CEO of Amway. He’s also known because his name is written on buildings all over Grand Rapids, Michigan. The DeVos family name is all over Grand Rapids, and other places in Michigan, because Dick DeVos is someone who gets involved. Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy DeVos are both from families of immense fortunes. Their immense wealth has led them to take on philanthropic efforts to help their city and other areas in Michigan. Dick DeVos also donates his money to GOP candidates in Michigan and he’s run for Governor of Michigan. His wife Betsy DeVos was recently tapped to be the next education secretary in the Trump administration. This has made the DeVos family similar to the Bush or Kennedy family for their immense wealth, philanthropy, influence in their community, and their political ambitions. The DeVos family may be the wealthiest in Michigan, but they use their wealth for the better as changemakers.
Dick DeVos was a part of the city planning for the convention center, sports arena, the children’s hospital, the downtown area of Grand Rapids, and the Potter’s House school for underprivileged children. It’s impossible to go anywhere in Grand Rapids without seeing the influence of Dick DeVos’s city planning efforts. He achieved his efforts by assembling a city planning team to appropriately plan out the future of Grand Rapids after he disagreed strongly with some of the plans that were being proposed for a new sports arena. Thanks to his determination to stop a bad move in his opinion about the future of the city, Grand Rapids has thrived economically and as a community.
Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos have had much influence on the school system in Michigan and on the politics of Michigan. The duo has pushed for half of the funding for public schools to be channeled toward charter and private institutions. They have changed education throughout all of Michigan to some degree. The two have also influenced massive support for nearly all of the major GOP candidates in Michigan with their fundraisers, donations, and other political events organized for candidates. The two have had a lifelong interest in the school systems and politics because they want the best future and candidates to take charge of Michigan. Even those who are detractors of Dick DeVos and of Betsy DeVos can admire the hard work they have put into being changemakers in their home state to improve the schools, economy, city planning, and political system of Michigan. Dick DeVos sees being a changemaker a bit of his own duty since he has immense wealth and influence he can exercise to make changes for the better based on his political and personal beliefs.
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