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Jay Van Andel

Amway Corporation

1959 - 1992

Personal Care & Home Products

Military ServiceAir Force
1950 b. 1924
Born-Died1924 - 2004
BirthplaceMichigan (MI)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1950

In 1959, with his partner Richard DeVos, Van Andel established one of the most profitable direct selling companies in the world. Van Andel and DeVos accomplished their success through the use of an elaborate pyramid-like distribution system in which independent distributors of Amway products received a percentage of the merchandise they sold and also a percentage of the merchandise sold by recruited distributors. Van Andelís business expertise was recognized when he was appointed head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1984.