Isabel dos Santos is a fascinating woman. With a net worth of over $2 billion, she is the richest woman in Africa. Born in Azerbaijan, she is the daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos. In November of 2015, dos Santos was named one of the 100 most influential women in the world by BBC.
“ Isabel dos Santos é uma empresária angolana. Hoje em dia, Ela encontra-se profundamente envolvida no trabalho filantrópico, no campo da emancipação económica das mulheres, e incentiva os empresários africanos a investir nos seus países de origem” https://t.co/YbHaIMyC3q
— Isabel Dos Santos (@isabelaangola) June 1, 2019
Dos Santos has come under criticism in recent years. This came as no surprise to her. Dos Santos knows only too well that women who excel are often criticized harshly. This can be especially true of women who are ethnic minorities. As a Black billionaire from the developing world, Isabel dos Santos understands that the world in general struggles to see her as she actually is.
Dos Santos has come under fire from the executive for allegedly over-invoicing in construction. However, she’s strenuously denied all of these accusations. Though dos Santos is well-connected in Africa, that’s not due to corruption. She’s not just the daughter of a prominent man. Isabel dos Santos is an intelligent and savvy businesswoman in her own right. With a degree from King’s College London, dos Santos has always had the skills and education to succeed in the world of business.
Dos Santos worked in Europe for the first part of her career. In the 1990s, she accompanied her father when he returned to Luanda. Together, they began to work on projects to help Angola develop. Working as a project manager, Isabel dos Santos showed that she had the skills to make a big difference in the world. She set up transportation and cleaning companies. Eventually, dos Santos expanded into the world of entertainment, with night clubs and restaurants.
In addition to investing in Angola, dos Santos also made investments in Portugal. Since the late aughts, dos Santos has been a mover and a shaker in the media, retail, finance and energy industries. As the head of a global business empire, she understands that she’s a target. However, Isabel dos Santos also knows that her work is important. She’s not just making money. She’s creating jobs and development in her beloved Angola.
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