Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan in 1958 to Edgar Prince, a billionaire industrialist. She attended Holland Christian High School and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics in 1979. Betsy has been involved in Politics since 1976 when she worked as a volunteer Gerald Ford, and in Education since the 1980’s. Betsy even spent 15 years working as an in-school mentor for at risk students in Grand Rapids. Today Betsy holds the position of Secretary of Education, an honor and perhaps the most important role of her career. DeVos served as chairman of The Windquest Group, an enterprise and investment management firm, prior to entering public office.
Betsy has been a driving force in philanthropy for most of her adult life. As the wife of Dick DeVos, she joined the DeVos empire in 1980. The combined charity given by the DeVos family is estimated to be $1.2 billion. Betsy and her husband Dick, contributed a whopping $139 million dollars to that estimated figure. In fact, they started their own charitable foundation in 1989 simply named the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In addition to her own charitable foundation, Betsy has been involved with countless other organizations such as the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center; Kids Hope USA, the Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children.
Furthermore, Over Betsy’s many years of selfless giving, she has supported charities in the fields of Education, The Arts and Healthcare to name a few. Betsy is a great supporter of the American Federation for Children. An organization that seeks to break down barriers that some children face in the wake of access to education. Through scholarships and other grants, alternative educational choices such as virtual learning or home schooling are made available to families who would by no other means, be able to afford such choices.When Betsy is not busy in her role as Secretary of Education or working tirelessly for her many charities, she has the joy of spending time with her 4 children and 6 grandchildren.