Betsy DeVos, Leader in Reforming Education

Betsy DeVos got her passion for being a reformer at an early age. She got involved with politics on campus and from that point on she continued with politics. She has run various campaigns and was chairman for 6 years of the Michigan Republican Party. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, started the firm, Windquest Group in 1989. She is a reformer and is actively involved in education reform.

There are over 250,000 students that go to publicly funded, private programs of their parents choosing. This movement is continuing to grow as it has reached 17 states and the District of Columbia. What sparked Betsy DeVos attention to school reform was when she had small children. At the Potter’s House Christian School, she and her husband watched how parents struggled to keep their children at the school so that they had a safe place to learn and had an environment that kept them involved. It wasn’t long after that when she and her husband began to help low income families. Both she and her husband felt that if they could decide where their children went to school that everyone else despite their financial status could do the same.

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Betsy and Dick DeVos’ commitment to school reform came when Dick ran for the position of State Board of Education. Betsy Devos decided then to start a foundation which helps lower income families with scholarships. She actively served on several boards, Children First America and the American Education Reform because the programs wanted to expand the decision of educational choice. She and Dick were involved with the first charter school bill that came to be in 1993. They were unsuccessful in the year 2000 in changing the state’s decision to allow vouchers and scholarships.

Their biggest success was in the state of Florida. This state has the longest time frame in educational choice. Over 50,000 students are attending a school that their family chose. There have also been vast improvements in the state of Indiana and Louisiana. With the program that the states passed, it has the grounds to serve one million students. Betsy stated that with the right people in office this program can be successful from the start of passing the bill until the end where student’s families help them chose a school of their choice. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.

Betsy DeVos was handpicked by the President, Donald J. Trump to serve on the 11th U.S. secretary of education. For nearly three decades she has been advocating for children that come from low income families. Her interest stems back to her mother, who was a public school educator. And once her children started going to school, she got more actively involved in reforming education. The premise of her position as Secretary of Education is working with the President to expand opportunities and the best education for all students.

George Soros’ Political Influence

George Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management. He is worth about $25.2 Billion. He is ranked number 22 on the World Billionaire List.

George Soros Politico

He is one of the most politically influential people around the world. He has been spending his wealth to influence the politics of different countries around the world. His influence in American politics is the strongest by any individual today.

He derives his influence from his $13 billion personal wealth and another $25 billion he controls in Soros Fund Management. Additionally, he has passionate messianic zeal. He is an atheist and one time said he viewed himself as a god, or a great economic game-changer like Keynes, or like a great scientist like Einstein. He said that money is what makes the world go round.

His Roots and Development

He was born in Hungary to non-practicing Jewish parents 86 years ago. Tivadar, his father, was an attorney by profession. In 1936, his father changed the family’s surname to an Esperanto name, Soros.

Tivadar divided his family when the Nazi’s occupied Hungary in 1944. This was done to increase the survival chances during the war. His children changed their names to Christian names and were adopted by Hungarian friends. George Soros sometimes went with his host to confiscate property from Jews and giving them to Germans.

After the WWII, the family moved to England in 1947. He joined London School of Economics (LSE) where he met philosopher Karl Popper. He says he was his spiritual mentor. Soros says he was introduced to the idea of “open society” by Popper’s book called The Open Society and Its Enemies.

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He graduated from LSE in 1952 and joined Singer and Friedlander, a London brokerage company. He then moved to New York and joined the Wall Street as a stock trader. Since he was not planning to settle permanently in America, George Soros planned to save $500,000 in five years, and then go back to Europe. When he joined Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Inc., he decided to stay in America.

In 1969, he spent $250,000 of his own money to start the “Double Eagle Fund” with a capital of $4 million. In 1979, together with Jim Rogers, they established Soros Fund Management. By 1985, the company was valued over $1 billion and had changed its name to The Quantum Fund. Read his profile at Forbes.

Soros Rises Again

In 2004, Soros spent $27 million in 2004 to defeat President Bush. After that, he went silent and later reemerged in 2016. He gave and promised to donate over $25 million to support Hillary Clinton and other candidates in the Democratic Party. Read this story about George at Politico.com.

His Philanthropy

Soros has many Open Society Foundations that he uses to help other people. He helped Hungary establish democracy. He opened an office in Moscow and spent $3 million in helping countries in Central Asia and those under the communists Europe. His annual expenditure hit over $300 million by 1992. He started the Open Society Institute in 1993 in 1992.

Omar Boraie: 40 Years And Still Going Strong

Real estate developer Omar Boraie came to the United States from Egypt to study chemistry. However, while studying for his Ph.D. in chemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After purchasing his first home Boraie discovered that he was much more interested in pursuing a career in real estate. A career that is still going strong more than forty years later.

According to NJBiz, Boraie entered the real estate market in the early seventies when downtown New Brunswick like many urban areas had fallen into disrepair. While others saw hopelessness, Omar saw the possibility of a vibrant New Brunswick. Omar Boraie is a humble man who is often credited as being the catalyst for the revitalization of downtown New Brunswick but he does not hesitate to share the credit with others who shared his vision for the city. Today New Brunswick continues to thrive and attract businesses.

Omar Boraie founded Boraie Development, LLC in 1986. The company develops, manages and sells commercial and residential properties in New Brunswick and other urban areas in New Jersey. Most New Brunswick officials scoffed at Boraie’s ambitious plan to build a modern office complex on property that he owned on Albany Street near the New Brunswick Train Station. Despite the skepticism, the plans were approved. Tower I at Albany Plaza opened in 1988 and has been the location of Boraie Development’s Offices ever since. Tower II opened in 2003. Together the towers provide over 250,000 square feet of prime office and retail space. Tower III is currently on the drawing table.

One Spring Street opened in 2007. It has 25 stories and remains New Brunswick’s tallest Building. The mixed-use complex features 121 luxury condos as well as office space, retail space and a large parking garage. One Rector Street is a joint project with NBA star with NBA great Shaquille O’Neal. This property is the first residential high-rise built in Newark since 1960.

Omar Boraie has also been recognized for his philanthropy. The former chemist has a strong interest in cancer research. In April 2015 Rutgers University announced the establishment of the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science. The Chair was named in Boraie’s honor after he made a 1.5-million-dollar donation to Rutgers Genomic Science Project on behalf of himself and his family. Source: Rutgers The endowment was matched by an anonymous donor and will help support genomic cancer research well into future. Omar Boraie is also a board member of Elijah’s Promise an organization that helps feed the homeless in New Brunswick. http://patch.com/new-jersey/newbrunswick/omar-boraie-chair-genomic-science-established-rutgers-cancer-institute

At 73 years young Omar Boraie shows no signs of slowing down. Boraie Development, LLC currently has projects in progress in New Brunswick, Atlantic City, and Milltown New Jersey. With Omar Boraie as its driving force and several major projects on the drawing board, the future looks bright for Boraie Development, LLC.

The Life of Dick DeVos, the Rich Entrepreneur

Dick DeVos, born on October 21, 1955, to Richard DeVos in Grand Rapids, Michigan is a man who has his ways with wealth.

His father co-founded Amway, an American business empire dealing in Multi-Level Marketing. As a child, Dick got involved in the family business. By the time he was a grown man, he was already aware of how to successfully run the business. This basic training gave birth to a business magnate of his time.

Dick DeVos’ education started out in the Forest Hill School, a public school. He went to Northwood University for his bachelor’s degree where he studied business administration. Harvard business school and Wharton schools executive research programs beckoned him right after his first degree, but due to the pressure from the family business, he did not graduate. He was however awarded honorary doctorates by Grove City College, Northwood University, and Central Michigan University. The Northwood University also awarded him a distinguished alumni recognition.

Dick DeVos began his career in 1974 in the family business. The Amway Company allowed him to work in several capacities in different divisions. They included the research departments, sales and marketing, manufacturing, and finance.

In 1984, he was crowned the vice president of Amway. He took over the leadership of the company in more than 18 countries and under his leadership, the company witnessed immense growth and expansion. Between 1993 and 2002, he was the company’s CEO. He was very instrumental in distributing consumer goods. All this while, he made Michigan his home.

Dick DeVos was 35 years old when he was made the president and CEO of the Orlando Magic Basketball team. The appointment was upon the acquisition of the firm by the Amway Company. The national basketball association rose above the challenges that it was facing, and the company was able to realize profits within a short time courtesy of his excellent management skills.

Dick DeVos took over the presidency of Amway Company in the year 1993 from his father. It marked his return from Orlando Magic. His incredible leadership and financial prowess saw the company increase and spread to more than 50 countries all over the world.

Many people felt Dick DeVos’ generosity. He transformed the lives of those he worked with and those that needed his help. His dedication to work, integrity, and expertise allowed him to excel.