Today, we are going to talk about Amway Founders Richard Devos and jay Van Andel…
They are 2 quite interesting entrepreneurs… founders of one of the largest and most successful MLM companies in the world: Amway.
If you ask people on the street what they know about either Richard or Jay, you may get a variety of answers. Some of those answers may be hearsay and hold no fact.
In today’s post, I want to post nothing but facts about the founders of Amway. By doing so, when a person does state something false, you can set them straight with the truth.
I want you to know immediately that I am not affiliated with Amway in any way other than the few products I have used from time to time. This information is purely for your education and knowledge.
Let’s look at these 15 things you should know about Amway Founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #1: Birth
Richard DeVos was born in 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #2: School
Rich received his education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #3: Military
Rich served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #4: Family
Richard is married to Helen DeVos. They have 4 children:
- Dan DeVos
- Richard DeVos Jr. who is married to the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos
- Doug DeVos
- and Cheri DeVos – Vanderweide
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #5: Net Worth
In January of 2017, the figures determined Richard DeVos was worth $5.1 Billion.
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Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #6: Sports
Rich has invested in various sport’s teams over the years but as of now, he just owns the NBA franchise Orlando Magic, and has a minority share in the Chicago Cubs baseball club.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos & Jay Van Andel Fact #7: First Business
The first business had both of these men working together. They started a drive-in diner.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #8: He Has A Heart
Richard DeVos is well known for giving back. He does have a heart to help people but that is not what I am talking about here. You see, Rich has a new heart. In 1997, he was the recipient of a new heart via transplant.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #9: Rich Has Strong Christian Values
Richard DeVos holds strong to his Christian values. He is greatly opposed to gay marriage and has been attacked for his beliefs.
Amway Founder Rich DeVos Fact #10: Author
Richard has authored various books:
- Believe – 1975
- Compassionate Capitalism – 1993
- Hope From My Heart – 2000
- Ten Powerful Phrases For Positive People – 2008
- Simply Rich – 2014
Jay Van Andel
Amway Founder Jay Van Andel Fact #11: Birth & Death
Jay was born in 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He passed away in 2004 from Parkinson’s Disease.
Amway Founder Jay Van Andel Fact #12: Family
Jay was married to Betty Hoekstra – Van Andel who also passed away in 2004 from complittcations with Alheimers. They had four children:
- and Barb
Amway Founder Jay Van Andel Fact #13: Chamber of Commerce
Jay Van Andel was Chairman of the United States Chamber of Commerce from 1979 to 1980.
Amway Founder Jay Van Andel Fact #14: Wrote The Original Sales And Marketing Materials
Upon starting Amway, Jay wrote the majority of sales and marketing manuals for Amway distributors.
Amway Founder Jay Van Andel Fact #15: 1 Book
Jay wrote and published 1 book: An Enterprising Life which is his autobiography.
Amway Founders Quotes
If I had some idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago? – Richard DeVos
You can’t predict the future, but you can follow your dreams. – Jay Van Andel
The easiest thing to find on God’s green earth is someone to tell you all the things you cannot do. – Richard DeVos
When you reach your highest goal, choose a new one. – Jay Van Andel
No matter what your opinion is of Amway or Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel, you must admit that they have changed the world.
Personally, I have nothing but respect for these two men. They were able to start with very little money, and build it into an empire.
I would love to hear your thoughts about Amway founders Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel. We would also love to hear about any of you who have had the opportunity to meet them.
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.