Isabel dos Santos’ Big Business Passions

In 2013, the Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos became the first female billionaire in Africa. She was born in Azerbaijan to her father Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who was there for college, and her Russian-born mother Tatiana Kukanova, a chess champion. When Isabel was six-years-old her father was elected president, a role model he would maintain until just two years ago. After high school, she attended King’s College in London, during which time she met a fellow student from Zaire named Sindika Dokolo who would shortly after graduation she would marry.

In the early 1990s, the two moved to Angola so Isabel dos Santos could assist her father in building up the economy of Angola. She immediately joined the management of Urbana 2000 which got a contract from the government to clean and disinfect the city. In the years following she invested in a vast array of her business projects all over the world, most of these were in Angola and Portugal. One of her biggest business passions is her leadership role of Unitel, the biggest telecommunications business in Angola. This is a company she had helped found in cooperation with Portugal Telecom, another company of which she took the helm in 2014.

Isabel dos Santos remains passionate about building up the economy of all of Africa. In fact, that is one of the main things that has driven to her impressive success all of these years. In addition, she has a strong philanthropical drive to fight poverty throughout Africa. Throughout the years she has instigated many projects, donated much money, and given much time to the battle against it. She is a highly in-demand speaker all over the world on the subject of poverty and the economy in Africa. Late last year Isabel dos said on this subject at the prestigious Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development.

 

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