Betsy DeVos: Backed By Two Giving Families

Betsy DeVos is well-known as a philanthropist, businesswoman, politician and most recently Secretary of Education. She was born in raised by a success and wealthy family in Michigan. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, billionaire industrialist and active member of the community. She has been active in church since childhood and attended a private school in Holland, Michigan. Betsy attended Calvin College, where she received her undergraduate degree following graduation. She became Mrs. DeVos after marrying Dick DeVos, heir the billion dollar Amway Corporation and member of one of the largest family dynasties in Michigan. The DeVos’ are well-known for their political and philanthropic campaigns and donations.

Betsy herself was always involved in politics, beginning in college. Joining with her husband, the pair became a formidable political player. Mrs. DeVos has been a member of the Michigan Republican Party since 1982, serving as a local precinct delegate for many years. Betsy was also a Republican National Committeewoman and Chairwoman for her state’s party. Betsy DeVos was elected as the Secretary of Education, following the 2016 presidential election. She has always been an active political donor and fundraiser, having personally raised more than $150,000 for President Bush’s re-election campaign. The DeVos family has been said to have donated more than $17 million to political committees and candidates since 1989.

Not just a face of politics, Betsy is also an active businesswoman. She is the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, founded by her and her husband in 1989. The Windquest Group is a private investment company which specializes in investing in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology. Betsy and Dick are also board members and the chief investors of a group of brain centers that give therapy for disorders like anxiety, depression, and autism, called Neurocore. Betsy and her husband have even tried their hand at Broadway, producing the play Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, based on a book written by Kathie Lee Gifford.

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Betsy DeVos is a member of two families that have long since been involved in the community and philanthropy. With that nature running through both of their veins, Betsy and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Their foundation provides funding for many charitable organizations that are involved in the fields of leadership, community, justice, arts, and education. Motivated by their faith, the foundation has given more than $11.6 million in just one year, landing the whole DeVos family on Forbes’ list of the country’s top givers. Betsy was a member of the board of directors at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, where she funded a center that teaches art managers how to manage their institutions and how to fundraise for those institutions. Mrs. DeVos has also been an advocate for school choice for many years, standing behind her passion for school vouchers and charter schools.

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