Betsy DeVos – Head of Department of Education
DeVos, a billionaire and Republican mega-donor. Chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party.
Suggests guns be allowed in schools threatened by grizzly bears. In opposition to gun ban – see article here.
She is married to billionaire husband, and former CEO of AMWAY, and daughter in law to founder of AMWAY, Richard DeVos. AMWAY has been called a pyramid scheme company, whereby people at the top of the pyramid make lucrative profits, whereas the average worker makes next to nothing.
Her brother, Erik Prince, is founder of Blackwater, the private hit-men of the American foreign policy, known for their notoriety and barbarism – see the Nisour Square massacre, Baghdad, 2007 for details – four of it’s hired heads were convicted in a US court. Blackwater has since been renamed to a very un-suspecting “Academi”.
According to the NY Times, it received contracts worth in excess of $1bn from 2003 to 2006 – see article here. On September 1, 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, Blackwater was deployed to secure neighborhoods from looting the one thing Blackwater did secure was a $240,000 a day contract – see article here.
The DeVos family is one of Michigan’s wealthiest. Betsy DeVos’s husband, Richard Marvin “Dick” DeVos Jr., is a multi-billionaire heir to the Amway fortune who ran Amway’s parent company.
Richard DeVos was listed by Forbes in 2016 as having a net worth of $5.1 billion, making him America’s 88th wealthiest individual.
She may very well profit from school choice and school vouchers which she is heavily promoting.
Definitely, one of America’s top 1%.