Betsy Devos is a natural reformist. Back in college, Elisabeth Prince was actively involved with campus politics, which was the beginning of her political activity. Three decades later and now as Mrs. Devos, Betsy has led numerous campaigns and party organizations including being part of various political action committees one of them being the chair of Michigan Republican Party. This reform tendency is something that is common in her family going by how the husband was the Republican nominated Michigan governor candidate in 2006.
The husband and wife follow a solution based approach for both business and political situations. Betsy is the current chair of a privately run multi-company group known as the Windquest Group. The group invests in three fields namely technology, clean energy, and manufacturing. She and her husband founded this company back in 1989. Apart from business ventures, Betsy has pursued a number of reforms through nonprofit channels. She is the chair of Dick and Betsy family foundations, which has many charitable interests. She is a member of various boards both at the local and national levels. She is, however, best known for being a leader in advocating for educational reforms. In fact, she is the leading advocate for a movement called the Educational Choice Movement. She also chairs the American Federation for Children, which shares in these views just as the Alliance for School Choice.
More about the work that Betsy does can be revealed in the summary of her interview with Philanthropy. This interview was about her general involvement in the reform sector of education as well as her choice of focus on school.
Mrs. Betsy Devos is optimistic about the progress of school choice, which was initiated about 50 years ago. She is proud of the statistics that reveal that more than 250000 children are in thirty-three public funded schools, seventeen private choice schools in more than 17 states. This movement is accelerating at a high rate with the number of education choice program students increasing to 40,000. This programs area is also gaining a lot of popularity among the Latinos according to a poll survey. The fact that traditional public schooling systems are failing is why most people continue to be aware of the need for radical reforms in the education system. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.
Mrs. Devos reveals that her interest in the movement from the time it was declared radical was a gradual process. The desire of the Devos’ to be educational activists happened almost three decades ago when they had school-going children. They visited Potter’s House Christian School and loved what they saw which kept them going back. It is what grew into a support system that became consistent and eventually triggered the great interest in the education reforms.
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George Soros is a billionaire and prominent philanthropists in the United States. His funding is used to support numerous organizations and individuals across the world. He has also used most of his money to fight for the freedom of transparency, expression, and accountability in all the world governments. For him, he envisions a prosperous world that will never lack equality and justice in all their political dealings. Therefore, George Soros has worked hard to unite people from all walks of life through peaceful transitions and equitable donations to all. Read his profile at Forbes.
This charitable giving has laid focus on those who are discriminated among the world population. According to him, business is what makes people deal in generous accountabilities. He has also raised millions to support those who are discriminated in all parts of the world. He has also raised millions to support the Roma people in Europe against discrimination. For those who are pushed to the margins, he has supported individuals like sex workers, drug users, and the LGBTI people.
George Soros was born in Hungary. During that time, he was in one of the most discriminated families in the country. For this reason, he has enough experience on what it takes to develop high-end walls against discrimination. He was once discriminated as a child. During the Nazi Revolution, his family fled from Hungary. He found himself in London, for this reason, he raised money to commence his studies in college by working at a local train restaurant. He got enough money to pay for his school fees to pay for his education at the London Financial College.
When the Nazi Occupation killed his family, he survived by securing false identities. He also helped others do the same conceal. George Soros also recalls that he resisted that evil instead of succumbing to his fate. This is what he wants to do to the people. George Soros wants to be there for everyone during that time of need. George Soros resisted the strongest force. While they survived that occupation, they also managed to help others survive.
Hungary was a political communist country. He left the country for London in 1947. When he secured an education in London, he decided to travel to the United States where he was welcomed in New York. During that time, he was posted to work for two companies as a hedge fund manager. His success was seen in his numerous deals. Before he could make those people extra rich, he decided to found his company. He went on to develop the Soros Hedge Fund as one of the largest businesses in the United States. He worked hard by his accurate predictions against the daily currencies. Much of his wealth comes from the risky financial trades.
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Born in Egypt, Omar Boraie moved to United States to further his education in chemistry. However staying in New Brunswick, New Jersey was an eye opener for him and made him realize his deeper interests. He began the Boraie Development LLC, a real estate company that focuses on developing exquisite and high end commercial and residential properties in the city. Together with his three sons, he has impacted the city of New Brunswick and helped change the economic standards of the people in the city.
Omar Boraie always had a vision and aim of rebuilding the city of New Brunswick. Forty years ago most people felt as though he was being over ambitious in his vision. The company began by buying the old properties in the city and remodelling them to incorporate a more modern touch to them. The first buildings to be remodeled were in the Albany Street Plaza Tower One. Together with his creative team, he was able to bring out high class offices in these areas that were once old, tired and abandoned.
The success of the Class A offices on Albany Street Plaza pushed the company to engaging in various projects. According to the New York Times, the company realized that more investors were streaming into the city and seeking their buildings for office spaces. In 2007 the company successfully launched the One Spring Street, a high storey building that provided office space for many investors and business people. The company has also launched The Aspire, a high class, 17 stored premium luxury building. The building offers a gymnasium, ample parking space rooftop garden with well-designed apartments that attracts residents in the area.
In their quest to attract more investors and create hype to the city Omar and his sons have worked closely with Shaquille O’Neil to remodel the City Plex 12 Newark, an old theater. As Omar says, this is one of the projects that they will be undertaking with Shaquille and other investors to ensure that they restore New Jersey to an economic hub once again. The project invites people from all over to share and express their talents.
Omar Boraie knows too well the importance of the community and giving back. He has dedicated his career to ensuring that he provides resident and commercial spaces for people to engage in business in order to get rid of poverty. He is also involved in Elijah’s Promise, a firm that works to ensure that they make a difference in people’s lives. For more info, refer to Omar’s crunchbase page.
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Billionaire businessman Richard “Dick” DeVos has a lot on his plate these days. The Grand Rapids native was born into a family that stressed the importance of hard work and giving back.
DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. For over fifty years, the Amway Foundation has been going strong. DeVos is credited with ushering Amway into the 21st century. After sales became stagnant in the early 1990s, DeVos took the helm as CEO. He was able to turn the company around within two years. “I had to make some tough decisions,” said DeVos. The tough decisions helped the company make a complete turnaround and today it is still one of the most successful and profitable MLM companies in the world.
DeVos has also served as CEO of the family-owned Orlando Magic basketball team. Although many felt that DeVos lacked the “chops” to run the organization, he proved them wrong, as the organization was one of the best run in the leaque. After running the team for over a decade, he stepped down to concentrate on his brainchild Windquest Group. Dubbed the Green Machine, Windquest Group invests in alternative energy sources.
DeVos and his wife Betsy are huge proponents of the state’s voucher program and charter schools. He believes that all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, is entitled to a good education. DeVos recently opened the The West Michigan Aviation Academy for students interested in science, engineering and aviation.
In 2006, DeVos delved into politics. He made an unsuccessful bid to unseat incumbent Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. DeVos ran on a platform of education reform and the state’s economics. DeVos spend over $40 million of his own money on his campaign. Although he lost, voters on both sides of the aisle appreciated his passion and devotion to his home state.