Isabel dos Santos is a businesswoman who comes from Angola, Africa, and is the eldest daughter of former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos. She also happens to be the richest woman in Africa, with her net worth estimated at $3 billion US dollars in 2013, making her the first billionaire African woman. In 2015, BBC put Isabel dos Santos on the list of the 100 most influential women in the world.
Isabel dos Santos’ education begins at the Cobham Hall, an boarding school for girls in Kent. She later studied at King’s College in London, where she studied electrical engineering and would later meet her husband Sindika Dokolo. After school, Isabel dos Santos would hold multiple management positions for companies before going home to work with her father as project manager engineer for Urbana 2000 a subsidiary of Jembas group that had won the contract to disinfect and clean the city.
Without a doubt, dos Santos is a successful manager and engineer in her own right, but where she made most of her wealth is in buying stocks. The savvy business woman has significant interests in telecommunications, retail, finance, media and the energy industry, and has expanded purchase of shares into both Angola and Portugal. Also, dos Santos is the majority stockholder of ZON Multimedia, holding a combined third of the total stocks for the Spanish media sight, a subdivision of Telefonica. This is thanks to both Jadeium, who holds around 5% of the stocks, and Unitel International Holdings BV, located in the Netherlands that owns almost 29% of the total stock. Isabel dos Santos is the owner of both these companies, and owns over a third of the total stock, giving her significant influence in ZON.
This is only one example of how Isabel dos Santos has become one of the world’s most influential women, as she has founded many companies, invested heavily in others, and is on the board of directors of many more. Dos Santos will continue to expand her business ventures, and could realistically overtake some of the world’s most influential and wealthy people before this decade is out.
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