The Early Years

Growing up in Michigan during the Great Depression wasn't easy—but Rich DeVos believed he grew up "blessed" by his family's positive beliefs and values.

An Entrepreneur

Rich returned home after WWII determined to start a business. He and his business partner opened a flight school, then a restaurant. Then his partner introduced him to the opportunity that would eventually lead to Amway.

A Man of Faith

For Rich DeVos, faith was a thread that was woven through every part of his life.

A Life Enricher

Rich DeVos considered himself a cheerleader, and he never missed an opportunity to affirm and encourage others—even down to the simplest, handwritten correspondence.

A Legacy of Giving

From the very start of their marriage, Rich and Helen DeVos dedicated 10% of their income to causes near to their hearts. As Rich described it, giving was a joyful, powerful act.

A Magic Endeavor

When the DeVos family purchased the Orlando Magic NBA franchise in 1991, it was about more than basketball—it was about nurturing family and others, both off and on the court.

Love of Country, Community

For Rich DeVos, patriotism was a priority. He was an active leader in politics on a national level, as well as in his hometown of Grand Rapids, throughout his life.

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  • Rich was a dear friend whose life was an example for all of us. He loved his family, his community and his country. He was a man of deep faith who believed every person could make a difference. Few have made a difference like Rich DeVos.…

    By John Engler, Interim President, Michigan State University; former governor, State of Michigan, 1991-2003 Tue Sep 11 00:08:31 UTC 2018

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  • Throughout his entire life, Rich DeVos dedicated himself to the work of providing economic opportunity for others and lifting up local communities. His legacy will be carried on by the countless people he helped empower to lead lives of dignity and…

    By Arthur Brooks Sat Sep 08 15:23:44 UTC 2018

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  • My father’s trusted friend and fellow adventurer, Rich was much more than a business partner – he was like family. As a passionate philanthropist, Rich was enthusiastic about Van Andel Institute from the beginning. He and Helen were among the first…

    By Dave Van Andel Fri Sep 07 11:38:27 UTC 2018

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  • I am deeply saddened by the news of Rich DeVos’ passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. I worked closely with Rich during much of his longstanding relationship with Spectrum Health. I will miss our conversations, not…

    By Richard C. Breon  Wed Apr 04 13:15:00 UTC 2018

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  • Rich often referred to Grand Valley as the college founded, nurtured and embraced by this community. Its mission and impact was applauded and revered even by people who didn’t go there, like himself. Domiciled in West Michigan, the university’s…

    By David Frey Sat Sep 08 21:01:47 UTC 2018

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  • Rich was a dear friend whose life was an example for all of us. He loved his family, his community and his country. He was a man of deep faith who believed every person could make a difference. Few have made a difference like Rich DeVos.… View Tribute »

    By John Engler, Interim President, Michigan State University; former governor, State of Michigan, 1991-2003 Tue Sep 11 00:08:31 UTC 2018

  • Throughout his entire life, Rich DeVos dedicated himself to the work of providing economic opportunity for others and lifting up local communities. His legacy will be carried on by the countless people he helped empower to lead lives of dignity and… View Tribute »

    By Arthur Brooks Sat Sep 08 15:23:44 UTC 2018

  • My father’s trusted friend and fellow adventurer, Rich was much more than a business partner – he was like family. As a passionate philanthropist, Rich was enthusiastic about Van Andel Institute from the beginning. He and Helen were among the first… View Tribute »

    By Dave Van Andel Fri Sep 07 11:38:27 UTC 2018

  • I am deeply saddened by the news of Rich DeVos’ passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. I worked closely with Rich during much of his longstanding relationship with Spectrum Health. I will miss our conversations, not… View Tribute »

    By Richard C. Breon  Wed Apr 04 13:15:00 UTC 2018

  • Rich often referred to Grand Valley as the college founded, nurtured and embraced by this community. Its mission and impact was applauded and revered even by people who didn’t go there, like himself. Domiciled in West Michigan, the university’s… View Tribute »

    By David Frey Sat Sep 08 21:01:47 UTC 2018

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In His Own Words

“I’ve tried all my life to inspire others to use their talents and fulfill their potential. ” - Rich DeVos

Rich DeVos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rich DeVos co-founded Amway and was company president until his retirement in 1993. He also was senior chairman of the Orlando Magic. Rich was author of five books, a much-in-demand motivational speaker, a community and political leader, and, with his wife Helen, who died in 2017, a generous activist and philanthropist. He passed away September 6, 2018, at age 92.

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Rich DeVos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rich DeVos co-founded Amway and was company president until his retirement in 1993. He also was senior chairman of the Orlando Magic. Rich was author of five books, a much-in-demand motivational speaker, a community and political leader, and, with his wife Helen, who died in 2017, a generous activist and philanthropist. He passed away September 6, 2018, at age 92.

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In His Own Words

“I believe in life with a large YES and a small no.” - Rich DeVos