The DeVos Family of Michigan Backs Rubio

I learned that businessman Dick DeVos and his family of west Michigan had endorsed Marco Rubio following the exit of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush from the Republican presidential primaries.  Additionally, I read that powerful Republican Party members suggest that Ohio Gov. John Kasich step out of the race in an effort to strengthen Rubio’s path as well. 

A major contributor to the Republican Party, the DeVos family endorsement of Rubio comes from one of Michigan’s wealthiest families. Dick’s donations have been famously referenced by the Netflix series House of Cards which Dick weighs in on here:

Amway was co-founded by Richard DeVos, Sr. Growing up, Richard DeVos, Jr. can remember the activity of the company occurring in the family home basement. Involved in Amway through his formative years, DeVos left for a short time to work with the Orlando Magic. He returned to Amway in 1993 as President. Learn more about Dick’s time with the company in this exclusive Mlive piece.

DeVos has strong philanthropic ties to nationwide projects through foundations and centers. Specifically in Michigan, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation of Grand Rapids donated thousands of dollars to projects involving various charitable organizations and educational endeavors. They began working with the Education Freedom Fund in 1993, which grants scholarships to the under-privileged. Additionally, Dick and Betsy DeVos are active in The Windquest Group with developments in technology, manufacturing, and non-profit solutions. The Windquest Group recently disclosed the totality of the DeVos Family lifetime of philanthropy at nearly $1.2 billion.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Making an equally strong contribution to Grand Rapids civic activities, DeVos was actively involved in an effort to revitalize downtown, bringing together more than 50 community leaders. The development later became known as the Grand Action.

Ambitious plans for Grand Action included a modern arena available for entertainment as well as sports events in conjunction with the expansion of the convention facilities. Our beautiful new art museum, sculpture park gardens, and new and expanded campus facilities for Grand Valley State University were added as well.

DeVos enjoys several leisure time activities that include sailing (he is a two-time National Champion sailor), as well as a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot.

He published a book in 1997 through E. P. Dutton called Rediscovering American Values. DeVos is a graduate of Northwood University and has been married to Betsy for 35 years.

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  • Kennedy Josiah
    April 20, 2017 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    No stranger to the DeVos family, they worked with Rubio when they were promoting an expansion of school choice laws. The move provides Rubio both strong influential and financial backing in his forthcoming battle with billionaire Trump. It is one thing to say that custom essay writing service did not really have much for them and another to support Rubio for the campaign.

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