When reading of some of the most influential individuals in the history of the United States, I read about the prominent DeVos family, a family that is not only a prominent political family that plays a large role in politics, but also the prominent business family that currently has a multi-billion dollar family business that continues to thrive into the future. At the head of this family is Richard DeVos who is not only the co-founder of this company, but is also an individual who believes in using his wealth to improve the community that he knows and loves. As the son of this prominent businessman, Dick DeVos has followed in his father’s footsteps and has worked hard to create a name for himself and to preserve the legacy of his family.
Dick DeVos, even at a young age, has been around the industry of business. Dick DeVos and his brother both have fond memories with playing games in the basement of his family home which was the headquarters of this business decades ago during his childhood. Even at a young age and without any formal training, Dick DeVos proved himself to be of great help to the family business. Even as a child, Dick DeVos helped the family out by running errands, stocking the shelves, and even giving product descriptions to the clients of the company.
After formally earning a degree in business administration, Dick DeVos became an official employee for Amway Corporation in 1974. Since 1974, Dick DeVos has dedicated over 40 years to continuously build this company forward into the future. One of his main goals with the company was to spread the company globally and to become involved with more and more countries all over the world. Thanks to the efforts and the leadership of Dick DeVos, this business will continue to thrive well into the future.
Like Richard DeVos, Dick DeVos is a believer in giving back to the community. Though Dick DeVos was recently voted in 2012 as being the 67th richest individual in the world, he believes that wealth should circulate through a community. For this reason, Dick DeVos has been involved with countless foundations to offer opportunities to young adults. As a hard worker himself, Dick DeVos will not give out money. Instead, Dick DeVos gives opportunities to become successful just by showing hard work as well as showing some initiative for learning.
Sanjay Shah is the CEO of Solo Capital. It is an international boutique financial services company which has its headquarters in London, England; and regulated in the United Kingdom. It was incorporated in 2011, and is also known as Solo Capital Limited and Solo Capital UK. He did not start out as a businessperson. He went to King’s College to pursue medicine, but decided against it and instead became an accountant. His first job was at Marril Lynch. He has also worked at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, ING and the Dutch bank Rabobank, when a financial crisis in 2003 brought an end to his career as head of training.
Nikhil, Shah and Usha’s son could not hold down food. When he was taken to hospital in Dubai, was put on a drip, and the doctors suggested that they take their son to a child psychologist to see if he had a behavioral disorder like autism or attention deficit disorder (ADHD). They took Nikhil to a child psychologist at Portland Hospital (one of London’s top women and children’s private hospitals) who confirmed that his food allergies were consistent with autism. When they returned to Dubai, The Dubai Autism Centre told them that Nikhil would not receive treatment until five years were up, because there was a very long waiting list. Shah could afford three full-time therapists to take care of his son on rotation.
Due to his medical background, Shah is more interested in finding the causes of autism, in addition to helping families with autistic children, which is why he founded Autism Rocks. This organization was formed, because as a trustee on the board of the Autism Research Trust, he could not over-step its mandate, but with his charity organization, he could organize concerts to generate donations and raise autism awareness.
While at the university, Shah spent lots of time and effort as a deejay running night clubs during the week, and it is this experience that enabled him to partner with Done Events in Dubai (his new business venture) thus organizing a Jazz festival called Blended; which took place on a weekend in May and targeted the over 40 demographic. This was after his idea to have a reggae festival was turned down.
At the moment, Sanjay Shah still supports the Autism Rocks Foundation and organizes many concerts to help children from all over the world and to create awareness and promote research on the same.
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