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Dick DeVos Backs Marco Rubio

Dick DeVos is a prominent figure in west Michigan, and the billionaire is looking to help the presidential campaign of Marco Rubio. The junior senator from Florida is hoping to pull out a big win in the Sunshine State. Florida is home to 29 electoral college votes. A win in Florida would provide a host of momentum (and a number of primary delegates) the senator could use.

DeVos was a supporter of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, but Bush has long departed the race. DeVos is hoping Marco Rubio will be able to succeed where Bush was not able to. Rubio reflects the more moderate/establishment wing of the GOP. There is hope Rubio can be a bridge to other factions within the party. DeVos points out that Rubio is a family friend, the two have known each other since Rubio was the Speaker of the House in the Florida House of Representatives.

DeVos hopes not only to financially support Rubio, he is hoping to be able to inspire others to get behind Rubio’s campaign. Sometimes, when a prominent person public puts his or her support behind a politician, others are more than willing to follow the lead.

Dick DeVos’ business history is intriguing. He is the former CEO and heir of Grand Rapids-based Amway. His father co-founded the company many years ago. He would venture into the world of professional basketball after purchasing the Orlando Magic NBA team. Being an owner of the Orlando team explains why DeVos has such a strong connection to the state of Florida.

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is a charitable endeavor that focuses on areas related to community, education, leadership development, and the arts. The foundation has done a lot to help people in the west Michigan region.

To say Dick DeVos leads an active life would be an understatement. Visit Dick’s Netherland Institute page to get more information about his life and successful career or find him on Facebook to see updates like the following one.