An Entrepreneur

Photo Gallery: An Entrepreneur

A Business Taking Flight

Rich and Jay next to a Navion plane from their civilian flying school, Wolverine Air Service. The school was just one of the businesses the two enterprising young men opened.

An Adventure at Sea

Rich and Jay en route to the Caribbean in 1949 aboard Elizabeth, the 38-foot schooner they purchased that was too long in dry dock. The boat sank off the coast of Cuba. Rich and Jay were lifelong friends who had the same sense of values as well as a shared sense of adventure.

A New Venture

Rich and Jay in the mid-1950s with their team of Nutrilite distributors. They were among the most successful Nutrilite distributors and used that experience to found Amway in 1959.

Top Sellers

Rich and Jay graced the cover of Specialty Salesman in 1958 as top Nutrilite representatives.

President and Chairman

Rich and Jay brought a decade of shared business experience into their roles as president and chairman, respectively, of Amway.

Products Everyone Needs

Rich and Jay Van Andel founded Amway with household cleaning products – products, as Rich used to say, everyone needs and uses.

The American Way

Rich and Jay in 1965, six years after founding Amway in the basements of their homes. Years later, products were conceived, manufactured and distributed at a mile-long complex not far from their homes.

A Laugh Between Friends

Rich and Jay were lifelong friends and business partners who took Amway from the basements of their homes to more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

National Icons

Rich and Jay on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Rich was honored with many national awards over the course of his life and career, including being named "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1992. In 1979, the year this photo was taken, Rich was inducted into the Direct Selling Association Hall of Fame.

Everything for the Home and More

Rich in Amway’s warehouse, surrounded by many of the household products the company originally manufactured and sold. Today Amway focuses on innovative nutrition and beauty products, too.

Inspiring and Motivating

Rich was a lifelong cheerleader who enjoyed giving speeches as often as he could. His speeches always inspired and motivated people to set goals and believe in their ability to achieve them.

Champions of Free Enterprise

Rich and Jay believed in the power of capitalism and free enterprise – so much so that they named their Amway world headquarters building the Center for Free Enterprise.

Leading Leaders

Rich at the Amway Founders Council in 2003. Founders Council is a gathering of Amway's top distributors from all around the world.

A Golden Anniversary

Rich in 2009 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amway.

The World Stage

Rich spoke to an audience of tens of thousands of Amway distributors in Tokyo in 2004.

An Entrepreneur

Photo Gallery: An Entrepreneur

A Business Taking Flight

Rich and Jay next to a Navion plane from their civilian flying school, Wolverine Air Service. The school was just one of the businesses the two enterprising young men opened.

An Adventure at Sea

Rich and Jay en route to the Caribbean in 1949 aboard Elizabeth, the 38-foot schooner they purchased that was too long in dry dock. The boat sank off the coast of Cuba. Rich and Jay were lifelong friends who had the same sense of values as well as a shared sense of adventure.

A New Venture

Rich and Jay in the mid-1950s with their team of Nutrilite distributors. They were among the most successful Nutrilite distributors and used that experience to found Amway in 1959.

Top Sellers

Rich and Jay graced the cover of Specialty Salesman in 1958 as top Nutrilite representatives.

President and Chairman

Rich and Jay brought a decade of shared business experience into their roles as president and chairman, respectively, of Amway.

Products Everyone Needs

Rich and Jay Van Andel founded Amway with household cleaning products – products, as Rich used to say, everyone needs and uses.

The American Way

Rich and Jay in 1965, six years after founding Amway in the basements of their homes. Years later, products were conceived, manufactured and distributed at a mile-long complex not far from their homes.

A Laugh Between Friends

Rich and Jay were lifelong friends and business partners who took Amway from the basements of their homes to more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

National Icons

Rich and Jay on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Rich was honored with many national awards over the course of his life and career, including being named "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1992. In 1979, the year this photo was taken, Rich was inducted into the Direct Selling Association Hall of Fame.

Everything for the Home and More

Rich in Amway’s warehouse, surrounded by many of the household products the company originally manufactured and sold. Today Amway focuses on innovative nutrition and beauty products, too.

Inspiring and Motivating

Rich was a lifelong cheerleader who enjoyed giving speeches as often as he could. His speeches always inspired and motivated people to set goals and believe in their ability to achieve them.

Champions of Free Enterprise

Rich and Jay believed in the power of capitalism and free enterprise – so much so that they named their Amway world headquarters building the Center for Free Enterprise.

Leading Leaders

Rich at the Amway Founders Council in 2003. Founders Council is a gathering of Amway's top distributors from all around the world.

A Golden Anniversary

Rich in 2009 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amway.

The World Stage

Rich spoke to an audience of tens of thousands of Amway distributors in Tokyo in 2004.

Services

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Tributes to Rich DeVos

People from all around the world have shared memories, stories and messages about the impact Rich DeVos had on them.

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