Betsy DeVos is the latest nominee for the country’s Secretary of Education and a very well-known philanthropist, businesswoman, and political supporter. She was born into one of the richest family dynasties in the state of Michigan, the Prince family. Her father was Edgar Prince, a billionaire industrialist and founder of the Prince Corporation. Betsy grew up in Holland, Michigan and attended a private Christian high school. She attended Calvin College, where she received her undergraduate degree. Betsy married Dick DeVos, the heir to another Michigan family dynasty. Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos.
Even as a college student, Betsy was involved in politics. Between the two families she would join together, she would become a political force to be reckoned with. Betsy DeVos has been an active member of the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She has been a long-standing local precinct delegate, a Republican National Committeewoman, and the Party’s Chairwoman. Betsy is known in politics for her political giving and fundraising capabilities as well. She personally raised more than $150,000 for the 2004 re-election campaign for President Bush and has hosted fundraising events in her home. Since 1989, she has participated in more than $17 million in donations to political endeavors. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com
Betsy has been involved in many business ventures as well as political. She is Chairwoman of a private investment group alongside her husband, Windquest Group. The investment company was founded in 1989 by Betsy and husband, Dick. Betsy and her husband are also the chief investors of a brain performance center group called Neurocore. Betsy is also a board member of Neurocore, where they offer therapy for disorders like autism, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder. Betsy and her husband Dick have even dipped their hands in the performing arts, producing a Broadway play based on a book written by Kathie Lee Gifford. After President Trump was elected President in 2016, Betsy DeVos was named his nominee for the country’s next Secretary of Education. After some delays, she was confirmed into the position on February 7th, 2017.
Betsy DeVos is part of two well-known families in regards to philanthropy. Her and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 as a way to give back to organizations that help other in the areas of leadership, community, arts, education, justice, and faith. In one year alone, the organization made more than $11 million in charitable contributions. Betsy and Dick’s lifetime charitable giving has been estimated at around $139 million, earning them a spot on Forbes’ list of the country’s top givers. Betsy DeVos has been on the board of directors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, helped found ArtPrize, and is a passionate advocate of charter schools, and school choice.
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