Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ $40 million, 163-foot yacht — the Seaquest — was recently set adrift by vandals in Northern Ohio.
Early Sunday morning, the Toledo Blade reported that police got a call from the captain of the yacht, saying that the boat was adrift in the Huron Boat Basin after apparently being untied and set loose by vandals. The boat slammed into a dock, causing various scratches and scrapes that will cost between $5,000 and $10,000 to fix.
The Seaquest is just one of ten yachts the DeVos family owns, according to the Blade. The DeVos clan has a combined net worth of more than $5 billion according to Forbes, and even have full-time staff who do everything from buy Christmas gifts to help their children pack for vacation to keeping doors “well-oiled to avoid squeaking.” They also own four private jets and two helicopters. Newsweek shed light on the duties of the DeVos family’s staff:
The DeVos’s household assistant helps the teens pick out “clothing and personal items to pack for travel” and another assistant helps schedule trips on their 10 boats, including a 164-foot boat named the “Seaquest.” An associate captain oversees the scheduling of their yacht trips and a boat maintenance assistant coordinates their meals aboard while also following “proper table etiquette, service and entertaining protocol.”
In addition to marrying into wealth, Betsy DeVos was born and raised into wealth. Her father, Edgar Prince, owned a successful auto parts company, and her brother, Erik, is the founder of controversial mercenary firm Blackwater USA (which soon rebranded as Xe and then Academi), which, according to a 2015 article in The Nation, accumulated roughly $569 million in Pentagon contracts.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.