Amway Founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel: 15 Things You Should Know

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.

Rich DeVos

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:

  • Steve
  • Dave
  • Nan
  • 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

Final Thoughts

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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.

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3 thoughts on “Amway Founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel: 15 Things You Should Know”

  1. I knew both Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel. I worked at the factory as a hi lo driver in the late
    60’s. Later I worked at the Cascade Hills country club where they were both members. My brother in law also worked for Amway for several years and visited both their homes on many occasions and knew both their families on a first name basis.

    In later years Rich and Jay became bitter enemies. I never found out what it was about. Id be very interested if some one could explain what happened between two life long friends that became billionaires and then became enemies.

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