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Dick DeVos is Much More Than a Great Businessman

When most people think or Dick DeVos, they think of a man who has mastered the ins and outs of business and entrepreneurship. Which makes sense when you take a second to reflect on just how successful Dick DeVos has been in prestigious career. To me his many successes in business merely gives you a surface level understanding of the man that is Dick DeVos. I’d rather focus on his passion for doing philanthropy work. To me his philanthropy efforts really show a deeper side to his character. A side many on the outside looking in overlook more often than not with little appreciation for his efforts. Although I’m sure Mr. DeVos isn’t out to garner attention for his good-natured deeds like some fame hungry celebrity.


Mr. Devos and his loving wife Betsy shocked the world when they lifted the veil on their philanthropist efforts. The couple claims they’ve donated close to $140M to charitable foundations and causes. Some people feel as though they’ve spent their money foolishly. I am not one of them. In my honest opinion, Mr. DeVos and his wife truly did something that impacted the world in a positive way without question. Those who are questioning their spending habits when it pertains to philanthropy is only showing their ignorance.


Dick and Betsy aren’t the only Devos that are passionate about helping the less fortunate. Philanthropy is something the whole family gladly has it’s hand in.The Devos is one of the most charitable families in the world. Few give like they do.


Dick Devos Work History


Mr. Devos became interested in business at an early age due to the fact he would he was involved in his fathers company Amway. Later, after going to school for business he would work for his father in the family business. In the mid 2000’s Dick’s father divided ownership of the NBA’s Orlando Magic between his children making Dick a part owner of the team.


Dick with help from his brother Doug was able to take the Amway company global after some restructuring and renaming it Alticor. The restructuring put the family business in a whole other league so to speak. Soon after DeVos left the company in his brother’s hands to look after.



Jeffry Schneider is the CEO and founder of Ascendant Capital a top boutique firm that specializes in alternative investment. Through his unique investment strategies, he sources private equity and hedge funds and which are a major challenge to most investors. After identifying the funds, Ascendant Capital makes offerings to qualified investors. The company believes firmly in investing across various sectors so as to enjoy the benefits and reap profits regularly.


Under Jeffry Schneider, Ascendant capital has grown rapidly in the past few years moving from 2 to more than 30 employees in five years. Jeffry and his competent team have managed to raise over $ 1 billion in asset investment worldwide. Such results have been fueled by an in-house team of 250 investment consultants, 50 brokers and numerous family offices. The company’s growth has accelerated in the recent past and they aim to go even higher with a target of $ 50 million every month. Jeffry has instilled a culture of trust and open dialogue among his team members. This has contributed to the growth and identification of new ideas in the company. Under his leadership, Ascendant Capital has become the best alternative investment boutique firm in Texas.


Jeffry grew up in Manhattan and began his entrepreneurship journey in his hometown after graduating from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He worked in well known financial service firms where he honed his professional skills. Among them being his masterly of alternative investment and ability to nurture strong lasting relationships with clients and partners. He worked at Paradigm Global Advisors, Axiom Capital Management. Additionally, he offered his services at Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney and Alex Brown at some point in his early career life.


Apart from his immense contribution in the corporate world, Jeffry takes time to unwind and rest. He enjoys eating healthy and keeping fit. He has participated in a number of marathons. He loves exploring the world as well; he has travelled across Europe, Asia, South America and many more. Jeffry is a firm believer in making a positive impact in people’s lives and is involved in several charitable organizations and foundations such as, Cherokee home for children, the Gazelle foundation, Wonders and worries and God Loves We Deliver.