Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy are not only very wealthy, they are also enormously influential in the political and economic sphere as well. They are known to be especially prominent in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area as well as in the state of Michigan in general. Both of them are also influential at the national stage as well. Here are just some of the things they have helped to pass through and achieve in their hometown, state, and national level. Back in 1991, the city of Grand Rapids had a plan to construct an arena and convention center located outside the downtown area.