Many people are aware of the long and effective work history that belongs to billionaire philanthropist Dick DeVos. DeVos is known primarily for his successful leadership of the multi-level marketing company, Amway. Amway was started by Dick DeVos Sr. and later passed on to Dick DeVos Jr. Although he did not originally found the company, Dick DeVos was extremely instrumental in developing Amway into a internationally recognized brand. The businessman gained a large amount of fame through his successful development of Amway, but DeVos worked equally as hard in his political career. Dick Devos began his career in politics in the late 1980s and has continued to be extremely active in the political arena for several decades.
Dick DeVos began his political career by entering the race for the Michigan State Board of Education. In future years, the educational sector of the political arena would prove to be an area to which Devos and his family were extremely devoted. DeVos launched a successful campaign for a membership to the Michigan State Board of Education and was elected the position after the election in 1990. Although Devos was extremely passionate about the educational development in the state of Michigan, the businessman was forced to resign from the position two years after being elected to the board. He stated that his resignation was the result of his increased responsibilities as the new chief executive officer at Amway. Five years later, when the businessman had become more settled in his responsibilities with his company, Dick DeVos returned to his position on the Michigan educational school board.
After several years of serving his community faithfully on the state educational board, Devos decided to expand his political ambitions. Both Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy had an extreme passion for the proper education of students in the United States. This passion led the couple to found the Educational Freedom Fund, an organization that provided funds to underprivileged children to attend private schools. The Devos family felt that the public educational system in Michigan was severely under equipped and decided to devote their political careers to the ratification of this injustice. After creating the Educational Freedom Fund in the early 1990s, DeVos made his largest political move to date and entered the 2006 Michigan Gubernatorial race. The businessman felt that he could contribute a great deal of expertise and skill to the state he loved. Though DeVos lost the race, he continues to be active in the political arena.