Isabel dos Santos is a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman born in Luanda, Angola. She is regarded as Africa’s richest woman. The first-born daughter to Jose Edward dos Santos, Isabel is worth well over 2 Billion in USD.
Isabel dos Santos attended an all-girls boarding school in Kent, Cobham. Her father encouraged her to take on electrical engineering at King’s College in London, which she did. Educated well, Isabel dos Santos believes that education, not resources, is the surest way and truest lever to bring change in Africa. She insists that if a sizeable population of Africans is given proper education, they will spearhead the transformation of Africa from an underdog to a global leader in social and economic activities.
Isabel dos Santos manages a diverse portfolio of businesses ranging from oil, banking, and finance to telecommunication. She was the chairwoman of Sonangol, Angola’s oil firm. She also owns shares in the Portuguese telecom and cable TV firm, Nos SGPS (Ukuncut).
Having garnered successes in entrepreneurship, Isabel dos Santos attributes her success to good education, relevant skills, passion, commitment, proper research, and sacrifice. She is proud to have financed business moguls in Angola who were once lowly but had the passion and relevant attributes for success in their businesses.
Isabel dos Santos is a great advocate for equality and economic empowerment for women. She thus contributes to women empowerment by giving talks in schools, and universities, such as Yale University.
Isabel dos Santos claims that her philanthropic activities are driven by the need for economic empowerment, children and healthcare. The efforts of her philanthropic organization are thus concentrated in activities like funding the campaign against malaria, huge donations to a pediatric hospital for children and charities for clean water in Angola. Due to her huge involvement in philanthropy, she is fondly nicknamed as “princess’’ in her country.
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