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Learn about the amazing life's journey of Rich DeVos. Watch videos, read inspiring letters and messages, and listen to historical speeches – all easily found in the index below:
  • The Early Years The Early Years Richard Marvin DeVos was born on March 4, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a proud, hardworking Dutch-American family.
  • An Entrepreneur An Entrepreneur 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…
  • A Life Enricher A Life Enricher Rich and Helen's wedding photo from 1953. Rich and a friend were driving around Grand Rapids one day and met Helen and her friend as they were…
  • A Legacy of Giving A Legacy of Giving Rich and The Waltons Actor Richard Thomas at an Easter Seals telethon in the 1980s. Rich made appearances on several telethons in support of Amway's…
  • A Magic Endeavor A Magic Endeavor Dan DeVos, Rich, Rick DeVos, Helen, Dick DeVos and Doug DeVos at the announcement of the family's purchase of the Orlando Magic in 1991. At that…
  • Community and Country Community and Country Then Vice President Gerald R. Ford, Jay Van Andel, Rich and President Ronald Reagan at an event. Rich and Jay remained close friends with former…
  • Hard Work Hard Work In this interview recorded in the mid-2000s, Rich recounted his experience living with his maternal grandparents during the Great Depression.…
  • Laying the Foundation Laying the Foundation Rich spoke about how the origins of Amway began in a decision that he and Jay Van Andel made to purchase a Nutrilite sales kit for $49.…
  • A Gift from God A Gift from God Rich remembered a note written in his high school yearbook by a Bible teacher who believed that Rich had "talents for leadership in…
  • A Commitment to Give A Commitment to Give Rich explained how he and Helen started tithing, setting aside 10 percent to give back. To them it was always "the Lord's…
  • A Team Effort A Team Effort Rich discussed the impact that the purchase of the Orlando Magic had on their family and their adopted community of players and fans in Orlando.
  • Pride in the American Way Pride in the American Way Rich shared his longstanding belief in the value and importance of America's free enterprise system. He explains that when he and his business…
  • Motivation and Inspiration Motivation and Inspiration Rich's wife, Helen, spoke directly to the couple's grandchildren in this video. She wants them to remember their grandfather as a dedicated…
  •   The Early Years

    As a humble man of deep faith, Rich would simply credit his remarkable life to God’s plan. But he also appreciated how his amazing journey was…

  •   An Entrepreneur

    Victory stirred Americans with a patriotic fervor that the sky was the limit. Rich and Jay shared that enthusiasm and were confident from their Army…

  •   A Life Enricher

    He was convinced that each ordinary person could be extraordinary. But just as he needed a spark of confidence and recognition from the affirming…

  •   A Man of Faith

    That became clear as a group of Detroit Chamber of Commerce members filled the Grand Hotel ballroom on Mackinac Island decades ago to hear Rich DeVos…

  •   A Legacy of Giving

    “We had the joy of giving away money,” Rich often said, “from the first days of our marriage.”Because of their Christian belief in “tithing ”–…

  •   A Magic Endeavor

    After all, this was the man who friends remembered cartwheeling across his high school basketball court and the boy his sister, Jan, recalled as…

  •   A Love of Community and Country

    Rich was convinced that the positive atmosphere in his hometown, church and high school helped launch his career as a successful entrepreneur. He…

  •   Selling America

    About 20 years ago I gave a talk called "Selling America" and at that time I thought about the greatness of this land as I saw it, and…

  •   The Three A's

    The first one of the three "A"s is action or decisions.  The second of those is attitude.  And the third one is atmosphere, or…

  •   Life Enrichers

    Walt Disney used a phrase that I read a while back, and it dealt with what he called three characters or types of people that he has encountered or…

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