Amway Ii: The Kids Take Over

Dick DeVos and Steve Van Andel try to shed old baggage

The Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth was rocking last September. Some 10,000 Amway Corp. distributors were on their feet, swaying to the beat of a Christian rock band. Just offstage, Amway Chairman Stephen A. Van Andel awaited the spotlight. Reserved and soft-spoken in private, the lanky, 6-foot-6-inch Van Andel was a changed man when he bounded to the microphone.

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