Isabel dos Santos is one of the women who have impacted significantly in the global business arena in significant proportions. She utilized her good background as the daughter of the former Angolan president to get a good education and jumpstart her way into the world of business. Isabel was ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the richest women in Africa, with a net worth of more than $2 billion.
Background and Education
Isabel dos Santos was privileged to come from a family where a high premium was placed on education and other virtues such as honesty and hard work. She is the oldest daughter of the former Angolan president and his Russian wife, Tatiana Kukanova. Isabel enrolled at King’s College in London after graduating from an all-girls’ high school in Kent. She graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
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Career and Achievements
Although Isabel dos Santos studied Electrical Engineering, she had a passion for entrepreneurship. Subsequently, her enthusiasm for the corporate arena enabled her to serve in management positions of various firms that were listed on the European Stock Exchange. After finishing her college education in London, Isabel returned to Angola where she joined the labor market.
Upon her return, she started work at Urbana 2000 as a project manager engineer. The company had been awarded a contract to disinfect and clean the city of Luanda. The job paved her way into stating her own trucking business. Later on, she saw a window of opportunity in the entertainment sector in Luanda. She set up Miami Beach Club. The club was among the first to set up shop in the city, attracting a multitude of entertainment lovers from all over Luanda.
Investments in Portugal
Isabel dos Santos understands the importance of diversity. Her desire to increase her portfolio was critical drivers in her acquisition of stakes in important companies not only in Angola but also in Portugal. Some of the sectors that she has invested in include energy, retail, media, manufacturing, and telecommunications. Apart from her interest in Nova Cimangola, a cement company in Angola, Isabel has also invested heavily in diamonds and oil exploration.
Isabel dos Santos’ business acumen has put her on the global map and earned her the coveted title of the richest woman in Africa.
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