Isabel Dos Santos, 42, is the first child of Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. She has been involved in various investments that led Forbes to rank her as the most powerful woman in Africa. Her net worth is currently over $3.5 billion. This makes her the first and leading female billionaire of the country.
Isabel Dos Santos was an alumnus of King’s College. She studied engineering. Upon graduating, she established a restaurant known as Miami Beach. It was the first beach restaurant in Luanda. That was the beginning of her entrepreneurial career. She has since become a board member of several high-profile companies, particularly in Angola. Isabel owns controlling shares at Unitel. She also holds significant shares at Banco BPI and ZON Multimedia.
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Isabel Dos Santos first worked for a recycling firm before starting a truck business. The outset of the use of walkie-talkie helped her to join the telecommunications industry. She also served as Urbana 2000’s project manager before expanding her business interests. Over the years, she established several businesses. She also made significant investments in high-profile enterprises.
Isabel Dos Santos faced significant challenges while advancing her career in male-dominated fields. She was marginalized in her quest for new executive roles. As such, she has been helping women to overcome barriers to their jobs. She understands that by mentoring women, they will be encouraged to empower their families and grow the economy of the continent. Dos Santos adds that successful women of Africa should take up the challenge too.
Isabel Dos Santos believes that her continent’s transformation is dependable on empowering women to join the business world. She also adds that Africa harbors many potential entrepreneurs. However, they have been marginalized. Dos Santos reiterates that it’s sad how such business professionals are treated with contempt as this prevents them from uncovering their potential to succeed in business. To empower such individuals, she implores them to pursue their studies. She also asks them to apply for c-executive positions in the job market. Isabel knows that it’s important to create employment opportunities for young business professionals. The success of these women will influence their state’s economic positioning.
— Isabel Dos Santos (@isabelaangola) February 8, 2019