Ryan Seacrest: Hollywood’s Hardest Working Man

Ryan Seacrest is a common household name. Aside from gracing our TV screens for multiple decades, Ryan has also started a number of different businesses. He is an entertainment powerhouse that always seems to be working.

Ryan’s career started when he was just 16 years old. In 1990, he landed an esteemed internship at WSTR-FM, one of the top 40 Atlanta Radio Stations. As the youngest employee he worked hard and quickly advanced into the overnight weekend DJ position. He continued to work at WSTR-FM, while he attended the University of Georgia, where he studied journalism.

Seacrest wanted to be a successful radio personality and knew he need to be in Los Angeles in order to do so. He left his hometown, moved to California and enrolled in Santa Monica College. Starting his career in California was rough. He found it difficult to obtain any radio jobs at first. In 1993, he acquired his first job as a host for “Radical Outdoor Challenge”, a children’s show aired on ESPN. His career began to skyrocket from there. He also has a radio show called On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

Ryan went on to work a series of other similar jobs, until 2002. He was offered the deal of a lifetime and became the host for America’s longest airing singing competition show, American Idol. He hosted each season until 2016 when Fox decided to cancel it after it’s 15th season.

American Idol decided to revamp the famous singing competition show and bring Ryan Seacrest back as the host for its 16th season. Before he was offered the opportunity to return to Idol, he accepted a job with his good friend, Kelly Ripa, to co-host her ABC morning show, Live. Which has changed to, Live with Kelly and Ryan, ad-midst Ryan’s arrival to the show.

After countless discussions and negotiations, Ryan will be doing both shows. Which is no small feet. On the weekends He will fly out to shoot American Idol in Los Angeles and catch the red-eye back to New York to be on time for the filming of Live, on the weekdays. This is a perfect example of how Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) earned the title of “Hollywood’s Hardest Working Man”.

Other than his TV and radio shows, Ryan is also busy with his new fashion line: https://www.ryanseacrestdistinction.com/

 

The Philanthropic Family of Betsy and Dick DeVos

It is obvious that Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos receive a lot of attention and criticism for their big political donations. Interesting to take note of, the lifetime contribution of the two add up to nearly $139 million. From the information on the DeVos family website, in 2015, they gave out $11.6 million in charitable donations. This is double the amount that Betsy DeVos reported to the federal government during vetting for the position of the Secretary of Education. Betsy and Dick are from a dynasty family that has played a role in the Republican politics for many years.

 

The philanthropic engagements of Dick and Betsy show that education is a priority to them. This is evident from the amount of money donated by the two towards this sector. In 2015, 26% of their contribution went towards the support of education. They also awarded $ 357000 to groups that support reform of education. The two are dedicated to improving education. They realized that the current system does not fulfill the American dream. DeVos says that kids who are growing up in the wrong ZIP codes are not able to achieve the quality education that can allow them to live the American dream and that access to education is a civil rights problem. He went ahead to say that many exceptional administrators and teachers are hard working and have done fantastic work, but there is still a lot that can be done to help the teachers become more efficient and productive in their work.

 

This report does not give a detailed breakdown of the beneficiaries of the couple’s donations in 2015. According to DeVos, the schools that they select to fund are those that have adult support, academic rigor, and accountability. The DeVos are the patrons of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. They attract big names to the school like Apollo astronauts and George W Bush.

 

The DeVos launched the country’s first aviation themed charter school at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Last year, the school produced a total of 15 licensed pilots. The school focuses on robotics, aeronautical engineering, and STEM. The school accommodates students from seven different countries. Out of these, one-third are economically disadvantaged, and 40% are minorities. On average, the school’s graduation rate is 86%. According to Dick DeVos, students are doing very well when it comes to academic tests, but it is also important to check on their views of the world and attitude as well as the comfort of having supporting parents.

 

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, a man who is recognized as one of the top one hundred richest people in the world. His net worth is $ 5.1 billion. He has worked in several executive positions at Amway.

 

Dick is currently the president of Windquest Group. He was the president of Amway from 1993 to 2002, and during this time, he was accountable for all operations of the company in fifty countries. Under Dick DeVos’ leadership, the company opened new markets and its international sales grew and exceeded the domestic sales for the first time since the company was formed.