Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos was born and raised in Holland, Michigan to successful billionaire businessman Edgar Prince and his wife Elsa. One of four children, Betsy went on to attend Holland Christian High School and Calvin College where she studied business administration and political science. Her interest in campus politics translated into a long term affiliation with the Republican Party. Betsy started as a local precinct delegate and went on to become the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times. Betsy and her family have been consistent in supporting the party and what it stands for and is one of the largest private donors in the country to candidates running on Republican tickets.
Betsy married Richard “Dick” DeVos and the couple has four children together. In 1989, the pair started The Windquest Group as well as the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In the area of business, The Windquest Group is a privately held management and investment firm with holdings in clean-tech, manufacturing, non-profit solutions, hospitality and technology. The foundation (dbdvfoundation.org), on the other hand, supports “organizations and programs that focus on community, education, the arts, justice, and leadership” as described on their website. To date, Betsy and her husband have given away tens of millions of dollars to various organizations in support of that mission statement. Under the category of education, they are staunch advocates for school choice and charter schools. Funding has been distributed to organizations such as Success Academy Charter Schools, Alliance for School Choice and The Education Freedom Fund. The DeVoses’ are also very dedicated to the arts. Betsy served as on the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for six years. During that time, the focus was to create a center that would teach arts managers and board of directors how to manage and fundraise for their cultural institutions.
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Today, Betsy DeVos currently serves on the board or is in a leadership position with the following organizations: The Windquest Group, American Federation for Children, Aaliance for School Choice, ArtPrize, Philanthropy Roundtable, Foundation for Excellence in Education, DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Great Lakes Education Project nod The Potter’s House School.
Solo Capital is a successful proprietary trading and consulting firm that is located in Central London and Dubai. They have 39 locations that are in full operation ready to serve their clients with the utmost expertise. The founder and owner behind Solo Capital is Sanjay Shah. He is responsible for building the company from the ground up. He initially told himself when first starting the company that he would give it one year of hard work and dedication. Solo Capital has now reached the million dollar mark and has a reported net worth of $280 million. This alone was enough for Sanjay Shah to semi-retire from the company.
Before he semi-retired from Solo capital, he worked as an accountant. He initially went to college at King’s College to study medicine and eventually decided that’s not what he wanted to do. So he transitioned his career to accounting and finance. He studied accounting and graduated with his degree, and then started working for an accounting firm. After many years in the accounting and banking business, he began to grow tired of the everyday grind and hustle of the working world. He had dreams of starting his own business. So he pursued his dreams and formed Solo Capital. Its success could never have been determined or imagined, but it took off running very rapidly. His business expanded so fast that he was able to “take a back seat” to the business and focus his attention on another area of passion, autism.
Autism has become a very unique condition that Shah has been researching and donating to. He had been donating to children in India for a number of years, and now donates his money to the autism research industry. He became passionate about the condition when his son was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. He wanted to be able to “fix” what happened, and realized he couldn’t, so he decided to try the next best thing. He launched Autism Rocks in 2014 to help raise awareness and aid in the fundraising process for the charity. Snoop Dogg stopped by his home in Dubai one day, and they go to talking about how he could help with the condition and get involved in the music industry. Snoop Dogg urged him to get back into his love for music and that’s how Autism Rocks was launched. He has set up agreements with some of the most famous music artists and stages concerts through them to help raise awareness and donations for the cause. Shah donates some of the money to Cambridge University to aid in their research, development and to also help patients and their families better cope with the effects of the condition.
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Philanthropists typically focus their resources on a specific cause so that they can target their efforts to make a maximum impact. Many generous donors focus on a charity or a specific population to assist. While many philanthropists focus on helping people in a single region or country, George Soros has been able to make a large impact by leading efforts to assist people all over the world. Soros founded Open Society Foundations, which is an organization that devotes itself to securing the rights of people in several countries. Soros’ efforts have spanned across many continents.
Along with many other projects, one of the accomplishments of Open Society Foundations has been able to provide those who have been wrongly imprisoned with legal assistance. The organization has also provided scholarships to students and refugees so that they can pursue an education.
As a philanthropist who is committed to fighting against laws that seem unfair, Soros is also involved in the political arena. He has dedicated himself to the fight against voter identification requirements that can make it difficult for people to exercise their right to vote. Soros has donated resources to lawsuits against voter identification laws in several states. He first became politically involved in 2004 when he sought to increase voter turnout.
The reason that George Soros has been able to have such a widespread impact with his philanthropic efforts is due in large part to his success in the financial industry. Soros has a background in economics. As chairman of Soros Fund Management, Soros has had many achievements as a businessman. Soros’ writings are often included in major financial publications. His success in the private industry has provided him with the resources to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to those who are in need of his help to protect their basic rights.