Many years ago, one of the businessmen in the US was greeted with a very expensive compliment by Rich DeVos. Rich is the co-founder of Amway, a powerful company that is headquartered in Michigan. Rich has acquired a lot of money from this company, becoming one of the most powerful billionaires in the US. The Amway founder told the businessman that he looked like a million dollars. The businessman was Leslie Tassel, the popular owner of Lescoa. The compliment made by the billionaire led to a one million donation that was given to a cause that was being supported by the DeVos.
In west Michigan area, being wealthy is not measured by the types of cloths an individual is wearing or the car they are currently driving. The influence of your wealth is measured by the amount of donations you give. In West Michigan, the DeVos family name is highly respected. The family is considered to be one of the wealthiest and philanthropic minded families in the area.
Just recently, the family shed some light on the total amount of its donations to various causes in the recent past. All the family foundations made official reports to Forbes, indicating their lifetime donations. From the Forbes annual list, the family emerged to be 20th in the top 50 givers in the country. By giving these figures to the public, the family hopes that more people in the country will be encouraged to give and support noble causes in the US.
According to the spokesman of the family, Mr. John Truscott, the Forbes magazine is one of the platforms that provide crucial conversations concerning donations and supporting needy people in the American society.
The DeVos family has earned the respect of many people in the world, and it is known for supporting the conservative political aspirants and causes. However, the donations made to this party were not included in the Forbes figures.
Dick DeVos is the son of the founder of Amway. He is a serial entrepreneur and well-known businessman who is based in Michigan. He has served in different positions in the family business. When he was the president of the company, he managed to expand its market in several nations, and its sales improved significantly under his leadership. In 2006, Dick DeVos decided to run for the Michigan gubernatorial race, but he lost the seat to his democratic incumbent. He has started several foundations to help people in his home town.