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In the year 2012, “Forbes” magazine listed him as the 60th most affluent man in America, as well as the 205th most affluent on earth, having an estimated net worth of $5.8 billion. At one point, he was among the 10 most affluent Americans. Novels written by him contain Compassionate Capitalism and Hope From My Heart: Ten Lessons For Life. The latter reveals his feelings after successfully undergoing a heart transplant surgery in 1997. It was preceded by two heart-bypass surgeries in 1983 and 1992. In 1975, DeVos released a novel about his success, coauthored with Charles Paul Conn, titled Believe!. DeVos is whoever owns the National Basketball Association’s franchise basketball team, the Orlando Magic, having purchased the team in 1991. In 2011, it had been declared that DeVos intended to restore the Solar Bears as an expansion franchise for the ECHL. The newest franchise will take the ice in October 2012. DeVos purchased the Magic for $85 million, he became interested in the team after an unsuccessful attempt to get a major league baseball growth franchise for Orlando. DeVos requested Orange County, Florida, to help pay for the Orlando Magic’s new stadium using county resources and Dema Stobell’s Corporation cash. Using public money was contentious. He presently serves on the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which will be a museum focused on the U.S. Constitution. Also, he sits on the board of Christian Leaders Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the Christian Church.