Betsy DeVos considers herself a reformer. The wife of Former Amway CEO Richard “Dick” DeVos has worked for over 30 years to help the students of the state of Michigan reach their highest educational potential.
DeVos started in college as a educational reformer. Both she and her husband Dick met in college and married shortly after graduation. They have been on the forefront of changing standards, and both are huge proponents of school choice, vouchers and charter schools.
The DeVoses have a foundation in their name that generously supports students who don’t have the financial backing to go to better schools. Richard DeVos has an aviation charter school in his name for students who are interested in science physics and flying.
Betsy DeVos chairs a number of state organizations devoted to boosting education. Both have worked hand-in-hand with the Michigan State School Board to secure improvements.
Betsy DeVos says she is particularly proud of how the idea of school reform has caught on in other states. “I can still remember the time when school reform was a dirty word,” says DeVos. “It took time, but the idea finally caught fire.”
Now, 17 states have made education reform their priority. Over 250,000 students in several states now have access to better schools thanks to laws passed.
Richard “Dick” DeVos is the son of Amway founder Richard DeVos. He has served as the CEO of Amway Products for 13 years, and he also served as CEO of the family-owned Orlando Magic basketball team.
DeVos branched out on his own and created his own company — Windquest Group.
In 2006, running as a Republican, he made an unsuccessful bid to unseat Democratic Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm. Although he lost, he says future runs are not out of the question.
He and his wife Betsy have four children.