Africa is often thought of as one of the poorest continents in the world but it would seem not everyone there is wallowing away in poverty. Isabel Dos Santos holds the distinction of being the richest woman on the continent. As the daughter of the former president of Angola, it’s not hard to deduce where the majority of her wealth came from but rest assured she is not taking any of her good fortune for granted. Born in the capital of Azerbaijan, Isabel Dos Santos went on to study electrical engineering at King’s College in London where she met her future husband. A couple years after graduation, she started her first business when she opened up a new beach club in the capital of Angola and subsequently expanded her interests into many other departments (BBC).
As someone in a position of power, Isabel Dos Santos has dedicated lots of time and effort to bettering the lives of people throughout Africa. A few years ago, Isabel Dos Santos gave a talk at an annual conference for the Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development. Most recently, she spoke at a student-led event being held on the campus of Yale University where she discussed many different themes including democracy, identity and sustainability among others. Back in June of 2016, stated by her father, Dos Santos is Sonangol Chairwoman, an Angolan state oil company. However, she was later dismissed from the position less than two months after her swearing in.
A few months prior to this, her father announced his intentions to retire in 2018, although he failed to disclose a particular reason for his sudden departure from office. In more recent years, Isabel Dos Santos has put down stakes in various different companies and businesses. This includes but is not limited to Trans Africa Investment Services, Unitel International Holdings, Santoro Finance, Esperanza Holding and Condis. At the moment, it’s not quite clear where she plans to go in the future of her entrepreneurial career but, from here, she has nowhere to go but up. We wish her the best of luck.
More information about Isabel dos Santos at https://www.ft.com/content/6ffd2edc-955e-11e2-a4fa-00144feabdc0