Richard (Rich) M. DeVos is co-founder and former president of Amway Corporation. In 1959, he founded the company with partner Jay Van Andel, and today Amway is one of the world's largest direct selling businesses. It offers consumer products and business opportunities in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. A renowned speaker, Rich has appeared before hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. His recorded talk, "Selling America," received the Alexander Hamilton Award for Economic Education from the Freedoms Foundation. He has written four books: BELIEVE!, Compassionate Capitalism, Hope From My Heart: Ten Lessons for Life, and Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People. He also has received numerous awards and holds fourteen honorary doctorate degrees from various colleges and universities across the country. In 1991, Rich and his family acquired a National Basketball Association franchise, the Orlando Magic, of which he is chairman. Rich and his wife, Helen, are generous philanthropists and have been recognized with the William E. Simon Prize in Philanthropic Leadership. Rich, who served in the Army Air Corps, is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School and attended Calvin College.
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