Dick DeVos is one of the few business people in the U.S. who has impressed me with his dedication to supporting good causes throughout the world, particularly in the area of education. The good impression I have of the former CEO of the AmWay Group means his decision to back a particular candidate for the U.S. Presidency holds a large amount of sway on the way I myself will vote; in a recent Detroit News article Dick and a number of his successful family members have revealed their backing for the campaign of Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Presidency.
After finding success in a number of different areas of business and philanthropy I was surprised to discover just how successful Dick DeVos had been in his career, which Wikipedia states has seen him listed as the 67th richest person in the U.S. in 2012. The fortune built by Dick through his involvement in the AmWay group (see MLive review of Dick’s time at Amway) and the Orlando Magic NBA team is impressive, but the philanthropic work of DeVos and his wife Betsy has been even more striking in my own opinion.
I have followed the opinions of DeVos throughout the 2016 election cycle from his support of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush through to his current backing of Florida based Senator Rubio. I was already aware of the close relationship the DeVos family had built up with the lawmakers of Florida after their involvement in a recent legal battle over education reform in the state; the dedication DeVos has shown to education reform in the U.S. is an area I have been extremely impressed with. The good impression I have of the DeVos family was added to with the news that the backing of Dick DeVos for Marco Rubio has been matched by the financial support of his father Richard, who has provided around $250,000 in financial support for the Rubio supporting Conservative Solutions Super PAC. The unified front the DeVos family maintains shows how the continued support of their close relatives has been of support and assistance to the family as a whole.