Betsy DeVos is a well-known philanthropist, businesswoman, and political figure. She grew up in Michigan, as part of the Prince family. Her was father was a billionaire industrialist, making her family one of the wealthiest in the state. Her family was active members of the church and she attended private school before graduating from Calvin College with her undergraduate degree. After graduation, Betsy married a member of another Michigan family dynasty, Dick DeVos. Her husband Dick is the multi-billionaire dollar heir to the Amway corporation, and part of a family known for their philanthropic and political donations. Both Betsy and Dick have long-since been involved in politics. Betsy DeVos began being involved in politics in college and has served the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She has served as a local precinct delegate, Committeewoman, and Chairwoman. Betsy is known for her political fundraising skills, having personally raised more than $150,000 for Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. Her most recent political post has been her nomination to Secretary of Education after the 2016 Presidential Election.
Growing up around success, Mrs. DeVos learned how to be a good businesswoman. She and her husband Dick are the chief investors and members of the board of a company that offers patients biofeedback therapy through a group a brain performance centers, named Neurocore. Neurocore offers these types of therapies to patients who suffer from disorders like autism, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and depression. Betsy is also the Chairwoman of the Windquest Group, founded by Betsy and her husband in 1989. Her and her husband produced a Broadway production based on a book written by Kathie Lee Gifford, called Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson.
She is part of two family dynasties which have been known for their political and philanthropic donations. The entire DeVos family was ranked on Forbes list of the country’s top givers for their lifetime charitable givings that total more than $139 million. In 1989, Betsy and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a foundation that is motivated by faith and helps support organizations that are centered on arts, community, justice, leadership, and education. Mrs. DeVos sat on the board of directors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as appointed by President Bush, and helped built a new center while she was there that teaches art managers and their board of directors how to manage their institutions and how to fundraise for them. Betsy DeVos has been an advocate for education for decades, advocating for school choice, vouchers, and investing in charter schools.
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