Betsy DeVos assumed her new post as the United States of Education becoming the 11th person to ever hold occupy the office. Betsy is an iron-willed lady who’s spent most of her adult life fighting the course of others, notably, children from poor backgrounds. Her strong affiliation with the Republican Party in the US and her passion for introducing reforms in the private school programs in the nation must have played an integral role in her selection to the top cabinet slot. She, and the husband, Dick DeVos, get most of the credit for the massive overhaul of the Michigan educational system in the nineties. Check this related article from nypost.com.
The mother of four and grandmother to five came into this world on the 8th January 1958 in Holland, North Michigan. Currently, she’s worth an estimated $5.6B in Forbes Magazine as of March this year. She started formal schooling at the elite private school called Holland Christian High School before proceeding to the equally upscale Calvin College in Grand Rapids the posh Holland neighborhood in Holland. The parents were remarkably well off and she lacked nothing growing up.
Betsy DeVos Lifetime Contributions to Charity
If Betsy wanted, she could have chosen to retreat to the private billionaire cocoon and live out a wonderful and stress-free jet-setting and yacht cruising lifestyle. But that’s not her personality: This woman has a huge heart of using her great wealth and influence to make a real positive change in the lives of the middle class and poor people in any society. As of today, the power couple, the Devos siblings and their parents have dished away a whopping $130+M in the last twenty years. Here are some of the organizations which received sizable contributions directly from the philanthropy kitty of Betsy DeVos in the last three years according to Round Table Philanthropy:
- Loudspeaker Media Inc.
- The Partnership for Educational Justice
- Success Academy Charter Schools Org
- GREAAT Schools Inc.,
- Potter’s House Private School
- Alliance for School Choice
- Foundation for Excellence in Education
- Institute for Justice
- The School of Missionary Aviation Technology
- The Rollins and the Calvin College
- Boy Scouts of America
- Xprize Foundation
About Betsy DeVos
Today, Betsy Devos spends a lot of time running the day to day affairs of her tech startup, Windquest Group. This company specializes in innovation in industry through tech and above all else, it strives to be a leading clean energy solution provider in the future. The company has survived and in fact thrived over the close to thirty years, it has been operation. The DeVoses are famous for their love of the performing arts. Moving ahead, the couple hopes to step up their efforts to change the American educational system and make it competitive again on a global scale.