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Amway Founder, Orlando Magic Owner Richard DeVos Dies

The billionaire was a major supporter of the Republican Party and his daughter-in-law, Betsy DeVos, is the secretary of education

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    This March 5, 2002, file photo photo shows Orlando Magic owner Richard DeVos during a news conference at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, Florida, announcing that he would retain ownership of the franchise.

    Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92.

    Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his Ada, Michigan, home due to complications from an infection.

    DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started Amway along with friend Jay Van Andel in 1959. DeVos served as company president until 1993.

    The DeVos family bought the NBA's Orlando Magic in 1991.

    DeVos and his late wife, Helen, donated to Christian churches and ministries and various other causes through their Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. He also helped in the revitalization of downtown Grand Rapids, including the restoration of what now is the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

    DeVos was a major supporter of the Republican Party and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Presidential Commission on AIDS.

    He is survived by his five children, two sisters and a number of grandchildren.