We continue to receive a great deal of interest in our article "The Pyramid is Crumbling" about the lawsuit that is symptomatic of the impending failure of the Amway-Quixtar pyramid scheme. To assist new visitors interested in this story, below are links to earlier Local Area Watch articles about Amway, Amway founder Rich DeVos, his son Dick DeVos, and his partner, the late Jay Van Andel and the Van Andel Insitute. Our full coverage of this subject can be found under the category "Project: Pyramid Power".
Were Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel the billionaires that their publicity machine had made them out to be? See: HOW BIG IS A BILLION?, DEVOS'S EMPTY TIN CUP, and WHERE'S THE VAN ANDEL IN THE VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE?
Our three-part series on how DeVos and Van Andel replicated the Amway scam with taxpayer dollars: THE PYRAMID IS CRUMBLING, THE RIVER CITY KINGPINS, and THE ILLUSION OF WEALTH. Plus the related story of how DeVos bought a U.S. Senator to quash a Federal Trade Commission investigation in THE FIXER, PART III (THE PIGGY BANK).
Articles on DeVos's and Van Andel's projects in downtown Grand Rapids funded with OPM (other people's money, especially the taxpayers'): SOX FOR TAXPAYERS, WHITE ELEPHANTS AND BLACK HOLES, BAD MEDICINE, HOPE ON THE HILL HIGH AND DRY, and WATCH YOUR WALLETS.
And just in case you weren't sure, an opinion piece from yours truly, the Executive Director of L.A.W., as to why Rich and Jay were and remain a pair of low-rent, low-class hucksters no matter what their hype machine says: PYRAMIDS AND A FINGER TO THE WIND.