17 Facts About Richard DeVos


Richard DeVos was educated at Grand Rapids Christian School, and at Calvin College, and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.


Richard DeVos served in the military in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps.


Richard DeVos was the owner of the NBA team Orlando Magic, having bought the team in 1991 for $85 million.


Richard DeVos became interested in the team after an unsuccessful effort to acquire a Major League Baseball expansion franchise for Orlando.


Richard DeVos asked Orange County, Florida, to help pay for the Orlando Magic's new arena using county funds and Dema Stobell's Corporation money.


Richard DeVos sat on the board of trustees of Northwood University and has been president of the Council for National Policy.


Richard DeVos served on the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which is a museum dedicated to the US Constitution.


Richard DeVos sat on the legacy board of Christian Leaders Institute, the nonprofit organization founded by Henry Reyenga Jr.


Richard DeVos was a major donor to the US Republican Party and to conservative causes, including Focus on the Family, and the American Enterprise Institute.


Richard DeVos supported the candidacies of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.


Richard DeVos has served as a finance chairman for the Republican National Committee.


Richard DeVos was a long-time close friend of Gerald and Betty Ford, and was an honorary pallbearer at Gerald Ford's state funeral.


Richard DeVos was an honorary trustee of the Gerald R Ford Presidential Foundation.


Richard DeVos co-founded the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, an American conservative foundation and grant-making body in 1970.


Richard DeVos was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.


Richard DeVos spent the last decade of his life trying unsuccessfully to rejoin it with the Reformed Church in America, from which it had split in 1857, dividing his grandparents.


Richard DeVos died at his home in Ada, Michigan on September 6,2018, at the age of 92.