Isabel dos Santos is Africa’s richest woman with a net worth of over $ 2 billion two billion. She is a Russian –Angolan businesswoman and the eldest child of the former president of Angola Eduardo dos Santos born on 20th April in the year 1973. She was also named as among the hundred most influential women in the world.
Education and Career
Isabel dos Santos studied electrical engineering at Kings College in London. She returned from London in the early 1990s where she worked with her father as a project manager engineer for the company Urbana 2000. She then started a trucking business and in 1997, she opened the Miami Beach Club as her first business which led to many holdings in Angola and more so in Portugal. Dos Santos was chairwoman of Sonangol appointed by her father in June the year 2016 and was fired by the new president following the speculations by Angolan Media in March 2017.
The Bottom Line
Isabel dos Santos has managed to keep her wealth growing even after being fired from her job. She is among the few women in the male-dominated world of the business world keeping in mind that she is also African. She treasures her father for educating her just like her brothers and also her open-minded husband who married her despite being rich and having a career. She says that her husband has been very supportive and has led to her success. Isabel dos Santos advocates for girls to have self-confidence, be responsible, and to be independent. Today’s woman and especially in Africa should be strong, should take risks, should participate in enterprises, and they should fight for leadership positions in every aspect of their life even if they make it be the richest in the globe.
Advice to parents
Isabel dos Santos advise parents to teach their girls to manage their finances, their salary, and their investments. She also sees it important to allow girls and women to have a role that helps the society that they live in and in a similar way as a man.