Isabel dos Santos is the first the first daughter of the former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos who ruled the country from 1979 to 2017. Isabel dos Santos was born on 20th April 1973 in Baku, Azerbaijan and studied at all girls’ boarding school in Kent, Cobham Hall. She also attended King`s College, London studying electrical engineering. She is married to millionaire son, Sindika Dokolo from Zaire (BBC).
Isabel dos Santos is a proficient businesswoman who has a name in many of internationals companies in her country and abroad, mostly in Portugal. According to Forbes research carried out in 2013, found that Isabel dos Santos net worth was over 2 billion US dollars, making her the first billionaire woman in Africa. In 2015, BBC named her as among the top 100 influential women in the world.
After finishing studies, Isabel dos Santos spent two decades in London working in a prominent position of various companies listed on European stock exchange. Isabel dos Santos then left London to Luanda in the early 1990s to be with her father and in there she got an opportunity to work for Urbana 2000, a subsidiary of Jembas group that had won a tender to clean and disinfect the city working as a project manager engineer. Following that, Isabel dos Santos started to invest in her businesses. Her first business was a trucking business that leads to widespread walkie-talkie technology which paved the way for her subsequent foray into telecoms.
Besides her successful career, Isabel dos Santos is a recognizable international speaker who has held a seat in various conferences and summit. Recently, she was among the members who represented Africa in the African Summit held in Brussels. Previously, Isabel dos Santos participated in the United Nations debate held in New York where she spoke of the economic empowerment of African women as the critical wheel to transforming the society. Many of her messages have been inspiring many citizens giving them hope and courage to continue pushing harder their ambitions in business. Isabel dos Santos has been in front line fighting for equality between women and men.