Simply Rich: Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway: A Memoir by Rich DeVosIn this definitive autobiography, Rich DeVos reflects on work, faith, family, and the core values he’s held onto from his humble, Christian upbringing through his enormous success as cofounder of one of the world’s largest businesses: Amway.
In this definitive autobiography, Rich DeVos reflects on work, faith, family, and the core values he’s held on to, from his humble, Christian upbringing through his enormous success as cofounder of one of the world’s largest businesses: Amway.
A prominent businessman, self-made billionaire, philanthropist, worldwide speaker, bestselling author, family man, and devout Christian—few people embody the heart of the American entrepreneurial spirit as plainly as Rich DeVos. He not only helped create one of the world’s biggest companies— Amway—but he did it from the ground up, with little but his deep faith in God to guide his decisions and keep his hopes alive. Now, following on the success of DeVos’s bestselling books about the world of business, he reveals his personal story for the first time ever. Simply Rich is a candid telling of his journey from rags to riches, from a small start-up business to giant success, and from doubts to dreams come true.
Born to second-generation Dutch immigrants in rural Michigan during the Depression, DeVos learned early on the importance of leadership as well as partnership. While still in school, he met a classmate and neighbor, Jay Van Andel, who became his best friend and eventually his business partner. A lasting friendship sustained their fledgling business, which grew into the international success of Amway. In addition to stories of his business success, DeVos shares candidly about his marriage and family, his experiences as a motivational speaker and author, his ownership of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and his philanthropic, religious, and political endeavors.
Inspiring, fascinating, and full of heart, Simply Rich is the astonishing rags-to-riches story that few can tell. Through his amazing accomplishments as both a businessman and faithful, generous soul, DeVos reveals the true meaning of success.
Rich DeVos, billionaire Amway co-founder and Orlando Magic owner, dies at 92
AP Photos. The Michigan gubernatorial race that year had been a dogfight of personal attacks between DeVos, the Republican nominee, and Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. Anti-DeVos ads cut closer to the bone, with one depicting a cartoon DeVos cheering a freighter hauling Michigan jobs to China. At the Lansing Sheraton, the mood was grim. Behind him on the ballroom risers stood his family; closest to him was his wife, Betsy, choking back tears.
Juliana Knot , Managing Editor September 8, Although DeVos' time at Calvin College lasted less than a semester, he would return to the campus to present at the January Series. The college would also be the recipient of donations from DeVos, hence the christening of the DeVos Communications Center. Richard DeVos passed away on Thursday morning at age According to his family, he died from an infection while at home in Ada, Michigan.
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DeVos was president of Amway from its founding in until his retirement in His son, Doug DeVos, has served as president of the company since Devos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 4, He was a philanthropist along with his late wife, Helen, who passed away last year. He did that for his children and grandchildren, and for countless others around the world. His positivity was a constant, motivating force that inspired many others to make meaningful changes in their own lives and communities. He was a visionary leader, builder, life enricher, motivator and a champion for people from all walks of life.