Richard M. DeVos, Sr. is an American business magnate and best known as the co-founder of Amway along with Jay Van Andel. He was born on March 4, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A sports enthusiast in and out, he owns the NBA basketball team Orlando Magic.
Recently, he also purchased a minority stake in MLB’s Chicago Cubs. Apart from being a successful entrepreneur, he has authored a total of three books: Compassionate Capitalism, Hope from My Heart: Ten Lessons for Life and Believe! He co-authored “Believe!” with Charles Paul Conn.
Here are more details about the DeVos family
Richard DeVos’ parents were poor immigrants from the Netherlands. Both his father and mother were Dutch.
DeVos Spouse – Helen DeVos
Helen DeVos was born in the year 1925 as Helen J. Van Wesep and married Richard in the year 1953. She went to the Calvin College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Art. Apart from this, she is known for being a social activist and supporting the Republican Party along with her husband.
DeVos Children – Dick DeVos, Daniel DeVos, Doug DeVos and Suzanne DeVos
The couple had a total of four children, three sons and a daughter.
Dick was born on 21 October, 1955. He is a businessman and a politician by profession. DeVos ran for governor of Michigan in 2006, but lost to Democrat Jennifer Granholm. He is married to Betsy DeVos and they have four children together, Ryan, Richard, Andrea and Elisabeth.
Daniel was born in 1959 and is a businessman and sports executive. He is also the majority owner of AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. He is married to Pamella Roland DeVos and the couple has three children together, Casey, Sydney and Cole.
Doug was born in 1964 and is a businessman and President of Amway since 2002. Along with the company Chairman Steve Van Andel, Doug DeVos oversees its daily operations. He is married to Maria DeVos.
Suzanne DeVos VanderWeide
Suzanne, also known as Cheri is the only daughter of Richard DeVos. She currently is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and an ex-Policy Board Member of Amway Corporation.
As of 2015, Richard DeVos’ net worth is US $6.2 billion. It makes him the 259th richest in the world and 91th in the United States.
DeVos and his entire family are known for ardently supporting the Republicans and have regularly donated to the Republican causes. In fact, a huge donation was given to both Jeb Bush and Scott Walker in order to support their campaigns.