A look at the Life of Betsy DeVos, US Secretary of Education

Elisabeth DeVos, popularly known as Betsy DeVos perfectly suits the description of a leader and an admirable innovator. She plays critical roles in the removal of barriers present in education, business, as well as politics to not only allow change but also create an environment that permit people to blossom.

Work history/ career

Betsy DeVos presently serves as the 11th US Secretary of Education. The US Senate confirmed following the nomination by the president Donald J. Trump.


Other roles she has played include;

  • Local precinct delegate of Michigan Republican Party since 1986 (every two terms) – 16 consecutive times
  • She co-founded Windquest Group ( with husband) in 1989. The company has holdings in clean energy, manufacturing, and technology among many others.
  • 1992 – 1997; Michigan’s National Committeewoman.
  • 1996 – 2003; Chairperson, Michigan Republic Party
  • Finance chairperson (two years) of the National Republican Senatorial Committee – during the Bush Administration
  • Board member and one of the major stakeholders of Neurocore. Neurocore provides experimental biofeedback therapy for the treatment of health challenges such as autism, depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity
  • She has served as the chairperson of two boards in her community namely “American Federation for Children” and “The Philanthropy Roundtable.”
  • Serves as a board member of various organizations and institutes search as “Foundation for Excellence in Education,” the University of Maryland’s “DeVos Institute for Arts Management,” “Art Prize” and “American Enterprise Institute.”


Philanthropic works

  • Established the Dick & Betsy Foundation in 1989. The foundation has over the years donated millions of dollars to civic and art organizations, hospitals, charter, public and Christian schools, and evangelical missions among numerous others.
  • Formed “The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship” with her husband in 2008. The objective has been to assist students undertaking MA, MS, and MBA, mainly from the third world countries – to study at Thunderbird School of Global Management.
  • She has been making robust donations, more than $17 million to the party, its associated committees, as well as political candidates since 1989.
  • Betsy volunteered as an in-school mentor in Grand Rapids’ public schools for at-risk children for 15 years.


Betsy DeVos’ Background

She was born Elisabeth Dee Prince in 1958 in Holland Michigan. Her father Edgar Prince was a prominent American businessman and billionaire who formed Prince Corporation; a firm that supplies automobile parts. Betsy studied at Holland Christian High School and Calvin College, Grand Rapids, where she obtained a BA degree.


Betsy DeVos is married to Richard Marvin DeVos Jr, who is famously known as Dick DeVos, a businessman. Dick DeVos served as the chief executive officer of Amway; an MLM firm co-founded by his father, Richard DeVos. Together with her family, Betsy has shown consistent dedication to the Republican Party.


Her family was position 88 in the 2016 Forbes list of America’s wealthiest families with a net worth of $5.4 billion. As at April 28, 2017, Betsy’s net worth was $5.1 million. Betsy and Dick DeVos have four children Ryan DeVos, Richard DeVos III, Elisabeth DeVos, and Andrea DeVos, and one grandchild.


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