Billionaire Dick DeVos of the prestigious DeVos family recently announced his endorsement of the republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. The entrepreneur’s support of the presidential candidate for the republican primaries comes at a time when Marco Rubio is in great need of powerful financial support. The Senator’s campaign is in vital need of support and the the DeVos family’s endorsement of his campaign could mean a revitalization for the Rubio camp.
DeVos listed as one of his reasons for backing the Florida senator the focus and commitment Marco Rubio shows in the educational field and his focus and commitment to improving the educational system as a whole. The businessman first gained knowledge of Marco Rubio when the presidential hopeful was the speaker of the house of the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. Devon stated that Rubio showed impressive leadership skills even as a young congressman and that he was impressed with Rubio’s ability to implement change a state level during their campaign for enhanced school choice reform in 2006. The businessman sites these among the many reasons that he and his family decided to endorse Marco Rubio for president.
Dick stated that the decision to back presidential candidate Marco Rubio came just after republican nominee Jeb Bush decided to leave the presidential race following his disappointing results in the highly anticipated South Carolina presidential primary.
The former Florida governor finished fourth in the race following presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. After Bush’s concession, DeVos decided that his endorsement would go to the candidate that he believed could win, Marco Rubio. Devon announced that through his endorsement of Marco Rubio, he would like to help the candidate to gain the momentum necessary to successfully win the nomination for the republican candidate for president. The businessman relayed that he had high hopes for Rubio’s campaign and expected the senator to do well in the remaining primaries.
Dick DeVos is a member of one of the wealthiest families in the country and has contributed to a number of republican presidential and politically affiliated campaigns. Dick accumulated his wealth during his time at Amway (see MLIVE article) where he made the company successful on a global scale before leaving to found his own business. In addition to the many campaign contributions made by DeVos, his charitable contributions through his family foundation include donations made to artistic, educational, and religious organizations to name a few. DeVos also created an educational initiative along with his wife in order to provide private school funding to low income individuals. Devos and his wife have created several educational initiatives, including a scholarship for students in developing nations to receive M.B.A. degrees at university (find his resume on New Netherland Institute).
In 2006, DeVos ran for governor of Michigan. Although his campaign was not successful, DeVos continued to contribute to local and national political campaigns and create successful programs around the world. Dick’s endorsement of Marco Rubio will contribute to the campaign’s revitalization and will help the campaign to gain endorsement by other businessmen and organizations. For more information regarding Dick DeVos’ contribution to the Marco Rubio campaign the original article can be found here.