Betsy DeVos is the wife of Dick DeVos, the former chair, and president of Amway International. Born Elisabeth Prince in 1958, Mrs. DeVos was raised in Holland, Michigan. Born to Elsa Prince and Edgar Prince, a renowned billionaire investor, Betsy DeVos is of Dutch ancestry. She received her high-level education at Calvin College and graduated with a BA degree. Betsy and Dick DeVos have managed the Windquest Group since 1989, innovating groundbreaking water and clean energy technologies in Michigan.
Since 1982, Betsy DeVos has been a force to reckon with in the Michigan Republican politics. Being a committed member of Republican Party, she represented it in Michigan as a local precinct delegate after winning the two-year term for 16 consecutive times since 1986. From 1992 to 1997, she represented Michigan in Republican National Committee. Betsy DeVos landed the high-profile chair position of Michigan Republican Party in 1996 and served for four years. She has earned recognition from some of the premier newsletters and magazines for her record of success in the political scene.
In an article posted on the Inside Michigan Politics by Editor Bill Ballenger, Betsy DeVos was named as one of the most vocal criticizers of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s leadership. A former senator also termed Betsy as a talented behind-the-scene planner and a committed fundraiser. The former Republican senator also hinted that Betsy was a devoted believer in important Republican matters. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
In 1989, Betsy worked hand-in-hand with her husband to build the distinguished Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The respected foundation promotes education, leadership development, arts, and Justice. It has contributed millions of dollars to devoted charitable entities that include an Art Competition Nonprofit unveiled by her son and John F. Kennedy Center that houses the Performing Arts and ArtPrize Foundation. Previously, Betsy DeVos headed the Philanthropy Roundtable, a recognized association of private donors and nonprofit specialists.
In 2004, Betsy was one of the main supporters of Bush re-election. He contributed over $150,000 towards the re-election campaign. President George W. Bush attended a fundraising event orchestrated by Betsy DeVos and hosted in her home. In the tenure of President Bush, she held the finance chairperson position for the prominent National Republican Senatorial Committee. She also collaborated with the government on several successful projects. For several decades, DeVos Family has shown deep interests in Republican politics, principally as donors to both the party and its candidates, dealing out over $17 million to committees and political candidates since 1989.
The Senate Committee delayed the confirmation hearing for one week when the Office of Government Ethics asked for addition time to scrutinize her financial disclosures. Betsy DeVos was approved as the education secretary after the U.S. VP, Mike Pence, voted in her favor to break the tie.