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Gallery of Rich’s Life

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Rich DeVos looks to the right of the frame with Spectrum Health buildings and new construction appearing behind him.
Rich looked over the emerging Medical Mile skyline in Grand Rapids for this photo in 2007. In addition to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Rich and Helen supported other local medical facilities, to put the city on the map as a leading center for health care and research.
A black and white, full length formal wedding photo of Rich and Helen DeVos.
Rich and Helen’s wedding photo from 1953. Rich and a friend were driving around Grand Rapids one day and met Helen and her friend as they were walking home. He got her phone number and soon began courting his future wife. A year later, on February 7, 1953, they were married.
Rich and Jay pose for the camera aboard their sailboat, "Elizabeth." There is a dinghy tied up to the boat and another sailboat is seen on the water behind them.
Rich and Jay en route to the Caribbean in 1949 aboard “Elizabeth,” the 38-foot schooner they purchased that was too long in dry dock. The boat sank off the coast of Cuba. Rich and Jay were lifelong friends who had the same sense of values as well as a shared sense of adventure.
In this black and white image, Rich and Jay raise the American flag on the construction site of the Center of Free Enterprise.
Rich and Jay raise the American flag during construction of the Center of Free Enterprise at Amway World Headquarters in the early 1970s.
Dressed in formal attire, Rich and Helen DeVos stand on either side of Bo Outlaw at the podium during an Orlando Magic Gala event.
Rich and Helen gather at a podium with Bo Outlaw at an Orlando Magic Gala event.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Richard and Helen DeVos and former President Bill Clinton pose for a picture together.
Rich and Helen with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton at a National Constitution Center event. The DeVoses supported the Center for years as a way to help each generation cherish their freedom and keep building a better America.
Dan DeVos, Rich, Rick DeVos, Helen, Dick DeVos and Doug DeVos pose for a photo in front of an Orlando Magic banner. Young Rick DeVos stands in front holding a blue, black and white basketball.
Dan DeVos, Rich, Rick DeVos, Helen, Dick DeVos and Doug DeVos at the announcement of the family’s purchase of the Orlando Magic in 1991. At the time, Rich described the family as “caretakers” of the franchise – that the real owners of the team were the fans in the Orlando community.
Rich stands courtside at an Orlando Magic basketball game. Other fans are seen in the background.
Rich courtside at an Orlando Magic game. A self-professed “cheerleader,” (and, indeed, a former high school cheerleader) Rich attended as many Magic games as possible to support the team and players.
Rich DeVos, dressed in a tan suit, hands a birthday gift to Shaquille O'Neal, dressed in a Magic uniform. They are in the Magic locker room.
Rich presents a birthday gift to Shaquille O’Neal, a first round draft pick for the Magic in 1992. Rich was a presence in the lives of players, often counseling them on managing their careers for the long term.
Rich, Helen and some of their grandchildren gather around Rich's 80th birthday cake in this black and white photo.
Rich and Helen with some of their grandchildren. He once wrote of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren that they would “pray for them all every day – by name.”
Rich and Helen pose for a photo on a sailboat. Water is seen in the background.
Rich loved sailing and it became a family affair, with Helen and his children often joining him.
Rich holds a microphone while he and actor Richard Thomas look at pledge cards during a telethon. They are surrounded by volunteers taking pledges over the phone.
Rich and “The Waltons” actor Richard Thomas at an Easterseals telethon in the 1980s. Rich made appearances on several telethons in support of Amway’s sponsorship of the organization.
Rich and several members of his family gather on a basketball court around the trophy awarded to the Orlando Magic for the 2009 NBA Eastern Conference Championship.
The DeVos family celebrated the Orlando Magic’s 2009 NBA Eastern Conference Championship.
Rich and Helen and their son Dan DeVos and his wife, Pamella pose for a picture at an Orlando Magic basketball game.
Rich and Helen attend an Orlando Magic basketball game with their son Dan DeVos and his wife, Pamella. An entrepreneur like his father, Dan went into business for himself after serving as an executive at Amway for many years.
Rich DeVos holding a Magic jersey standing next to Pat Williams and Dick DeVos.
Rich, Pat Williams and Dick DeVos in 1991 at the announcement that the DeVos family had purchased the team.
Rich DeVos delivering an address standing at podium.
Rich not only created positive change by giving generously to causes he and Helen believed in, he was also a catalyst for change by inspiring others through his words and actions.
Rich, one of his grandchildren, and his son Dan DeVos pose for a photo on an outdoor porch. The grandchild is sitting on a white railing between the two men.
Rich, one of his grandchildren, and his son Dan DeVos. Like his father, Dan became a successful entrepreneur.
Rich and Jay smile at the camera in this formal black and white portrait.
Rich and Jay brought a decade of shared business experience into their roles as president and chairman, respectively, of Amway.
Rich and Jay, wearing flight jackets, gather around some papers on a desk in this black and white photo.
One of the first businesses Rich and Jay launched was Wolverine Air Service, a civilian flying school.
Rich sits in Amway's warehouse. On the floor surrounding hime are many of the household products the company originally manufactured and sold.
Rich sits in Amway’s warehouse surrounded by many of the household products the company originally manufactured and sold. Today, Amway focuses on innovative nutrition and beauty products, too.
Rich speaks at a podium.
Rich takes the podium at the Amway Founders Council in 2003. Founders Council is a gathering of Amway’s top distributors from all around the world.
A formal head and shoulders portrait of Rich from 1964.
Rich’s formal portrait taken in 1964.
Wearing a plaid suitcoat and tie, Rich speaks from a podium with an Amway logo on the front. An American flag is in the background.
Rich delivers some early words of inspiration at a 1960 Amway convention.
A candid photo of Rich speaking from a stage.
Rich shares his wisdom and inspiration at a 1985 Amway convention.
Helen stands behind a seated Rich as they review a copy of the family constitution. A fireplace with a mirror above it is visible in the background.
Rich and Helen review a copy of the family constitution, which articulates the family’s mission and values.
Rich and Helen stand on an outdoor stage at Grand Rapids Christian High School. A banner welcoming alumni is visible in the background. Students and others gather around a rendering of a new building.
Rich believed strongly that the solid foundation of faith and education he received as a student at Grand Rapids Christian High School helped shape his life and career. He and Helen went on to generously support Christian education in Grand Rapids as well as in New Mexico.
Rich stands at a podium on an outdoor stage at Grand Rapids Christian High School. A banner welcoming alumni is visible in the background.
Rich believed strongly that the solid foundation of faith and education he received as a student at Grand Rapids Christian High School helped shape his life and career. He and Helen went on to generously support Christian education in Grand Rapids as well as in New Mexico.
Doug DeVos poses for a picture with his parents at an event held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
Doug DeVos and his parents at an event held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
In this black and white image, Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos sit in chairs around a coffee table. Rich is holding L.O.C. and on the table sits a box of SA8 laundry detergent.
Rich is often credited with saying that they chose to sell soap because everybody buys it. Here he and Jay sit for a photo with some of their early products, a box of SA8 laundry detergent and L.O.C. cleaner.
Rich, Helen and their four children pose for a photo on the family's sailboat
Rich, Helen and their four children on the family’s sailboat. Sailing was a favorite family activity.
Rich, Helen and their teenage son Dick pose for a photo with multiple leis around their necks and an American Airlines plane visible in the background.
Rich’s family often accompanied him to Amway distributor celebrations at destinations around the world.
Rich, Magic player Dwight Howard and others stand near the trophy for NBA 2009 Eastern Conference Championship.
Rich, Magic player Dwight Howard and others celebrate the NBA 2009 Eastern Conference Championship.