Richard Marvin DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 4, 1926. His parents were Simon Cornelius DeVos and Ethel Ruth Dekker. He graduated from Calvin College as a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon community, and served with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
Along with Jay Van Andel, Richard co-founded Amway. He was also the owner of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise within the NBA. At one point, he was one of the ten wealthiest people in the United States.
Richard was married to Helen June Van Wesep, with whom he had four surviving children. His wife died on October 18, 2017, almost eleven months before his death on September 6, 2018.
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