Education secretary Betsy DeVos reportedly has a net
worth close to $1.3 billion.
DeVos shares the fortune with her husband, Richard
DeVos Jr., the son of billionaire Amway cofounder Richard
The DeVos family reportedly owns a fleet of 12 private
jets and four helicopters.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is currently the richest
President Trump’s cabinet.
Her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., is part-heir to his father’s
billion fortune, which he earned as cofounder of marketing
giant Amway. The company does $8.8 billion in sales annually.
DeVos was confirmed as education secretary under President Trump
in February 2017, and has since faced criticism for strongly
supporting school voucher programs and charter schools. She sent
her four children to private school.
DeVos has also been met with disapproval from the public for her
billionaire status. Her security detail alone
costs about $1 million a month, according to the U.S.
reports claiming other cabinet members fly private at the
expense of American taxpayers, DeVos’ team has made it clear she
travels on her own dollar.
According to Forbes, the DeVos family owns a fleet of 12
private jets — 1 Boeing Business Jet, 5 Gulfstream G550’s, 1
Gulfstream G450, 2 Bombardier Challenger 350’s, 3 Cessna Citation
CJ4’s — and four helicopters.
“Secretary DeVos travels on personally-owned aircraft,
accompanied by her security detail and whenever possible,
additional support staff, at zero cost to US taxpayers,” her
spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill said in September.
“The secretary neither seeks, nor accepts, any reimbursement for
her flights, nor for any additional official travel-related
expenses, such as lodging and per diem, even though she is
entitled to such reimbursement under government travel
DeVos’ predecessor, John B. King Jr.,
spent a total of $39,000 on commercial flights over his
A number of Trump’s other cabinet members and advisers
own private jets as well, including Treasury Secretary Steve
Mnuchin, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda
McMahon, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, and
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, according to Forbes.
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