Entrepreneur Dick DeVos has rallied his affluent family into backing Marco Rubio in the forthcoming Republican nominations. This support comes at a crucial time when the Florida Senator’s presidential campaign needs a financial boost. Making an announcement during an exclusive interview with The Detroit News, Dick stated that his family had settled on Rubio after Jeb Bush dropped his interest in the presidency.
The DeVos family is thought be one of the most powerful in Michigan and helps raise funds for the Republican Party. Their endorsement of Rubio will inject the much needed financial and ideological aid into the campaign and thus help it gain an impetus.
The family has been acquainted with Rubio since he was the speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives from 2006 to 2008. They pay tribute to him for improving the education sector in Florida, a cause they strongly supported.
Dick DeVos in brief
The Michigan resident attended Northwood University where he graduated with a degree in business administration. In 1974, he begun work at Amway Corporation, a firm co-founded by his father. He held several positions in research and growth, manufacturing, advertising, sales and finance. He quickly climbed up the corporate ladder and by 1984, he was one of the vice presidents of the conglomerate. He was put in charge of the company’s operations in 18 countries. During that time, global sales grew from 5 percent of the revenue to account for 50 percent of annual sales.
In 1993, Dick became the president of Amway. Under his leadership, its operations spread out to over 50 countries on six continents. He is recognized for overseeing the reformation of the company. He was also the President of basketball team Orlando Magic. His tenure brought considerable success to the franchise (see Michigan Live article for details). Away from the corporate world, Dick is an enthusiastic sailor and aviator.
He is married to Betsy DeVos and together they have four children. He also authored an inspirational book.
Dick’s Philanthropy work
He is the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a charity that has given out millions of dollars for benevolent causes.
It acts as a facilitator for partner groups so that together they help societies grow and become sustainable. It supports hospitals, schools, colleges and churches. To read more about the foundation, click on this link.
Connect with Dick on his LinkedIn here >> https://www.linkedin.com/in/dickd