Dick DeVos is known to all as the son of Richard DeVos, Sr. This is because his father and Jay Van Andel is the founder of the multi-marketing company, Amway Corporation. Amway offers several health, household along with personal care products. These get distributed through a wide network of dealers. The dealers will be recruiting the second level dealers. They, in turn, recruit the third level dealers and it continues in this way. In fact, all the network sales companies tend to work in this way. This way the final level dealers will be the consumers of these products.
It was in 1974 that Dick DeVos started with his career. He joined the operations in the Amway Corporation. He held several important posts here. He worked like this for a decade. After this, he was appointed as the vice president of the company. He was looking after operations in 18 countries. He could gain experience out of the country in this way. Dick DeVos left the firm in 1989. He started his business venture called The Windquest Group. This firm manufactured storage, along with closet organizers and marketed them too.
It was in 1991 that his father appointed him for managing the Orlando Magic Basketball franchise of the National Basket Association. This was a franchise that was acquired by his family. Dick DeVos managed this along with his own Windquest Group too.
Dick DeVos came back in 1993 to rejoin the Amway Corporation. He was appointed as its president as he succeeded his father. In the year 2000, the Amway Corporation was restructured under him. This was when he established the Alticor Corporation which was an umbrella firm comprising of Amway Corporation, besides Quixtar Corporation along with the Access Business Group. Today Alticor is operating in more than 50 countries on six continents.
It was in 2002 that Dick DeVos decided to retire from this post as the President of Alticor. He wanted to devote all his time to his own venture, the Windquest Group, as well as get involved in several political causes.
In 2006, Dick DeVos entered politics. He decided to stand for the post of governor in Michigan on the Republican ticket. At that time, Dick was the wealthiest man to be running for this post. He used his wealth for financing his quest for the post. Nearly $40 million was spent by him for the campaign. All of it came from his personal wealth. Still, the money did not help. Dick DeVos lost to Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat candidate by a huge margin.
Dick DeVos is happily married and has 4 children. He comes from a family of highly prominent businesspersons. He continues this legacy.