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Isabel dos Santos Gives Back

Isabel dos Santos is considered to be Africa’s richest woman. She is the eldest child of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who was the former President of Angola from 1979 to 2017. Forbes estimated her net worth at two billion US dollars in 2013. This makes her the first billionaire female in Africa. Isabel dos Santos has received her wealth through doing business in Angola and also heavily investing in businesses in Portugal, among other places.

Isabel dos Santos attended boarding school in Kent as a child. She then went on to King’s College in London to study electrical engineering. It was there that she met Sindika Dokolo from Zaire. He later became her husband. For 20 years, Isabel dos Santos lived in London and worked at several companies on the European Stock Exchange in management positions. Isabel dos Santos is always looking for talented people in her own country of Angola and throughout Africa (Alivenewspaper). 

She wants to help those future leaders and give them a lift, but also wants to acknowledge and highlight them so their path can be an inspiration to others. She later chose to go back to Luanda and became project manager engineer for Urbana 2000. She has continued to expand her business holdings in Angola and Portugal. Also, Isabel became chair-woman of Sonangol in June 2016 through her father’s appointment, which is the state oil company in Angola. Fortunately for other young entrepreneurs that follow up on her, she shares these stories on her website and speaks a lot at other events that serve to promote others.

Isabel dos Santos was called on to speak at the Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development. She used this opportunity to highlight others while also showing what is possible through hard work. The goal of the event and of Isabel dos Santos is to improve the lives of the African people. Her goals in all of her charity work is to give inspiration to those around her and offer them positive experiences.

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Isabel dos Santos: Empowering And Encouraging Women In Africa

Isabel dos Santos is notably known for her philanthropic efforts with various humanitarian organizations. As an entrepreneur, Isabel dos Santos leads Angola’s largest telecommunications company, Unitel. Her extensive knowledge and experience through her leadership at Unitel aided her in creating infrastructure, implementing technology, and economic development in Angola. Before her career began, Isabel dos Santos graduated from King’s College London where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BBC).


Today, we take a look at a recent article that includes an interview with her. The article begins to describe her as “the daughter of Angola’s former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.” The article mentions she was also previously the chairwoman of an oil company in Angola named Sonangol. It also says that Isabel dos Santos has experienced challenges as a woman in a “male-dominant economy of Africa”. Particularly, she talks about the difficulties of becoming a successful woman in Africa.

The article moves on to the interview. She is first asked to go in detail regarding the challenges she has experienced. She indicates that women in Africa who are employed at “any level of Africa’s business world” commonly experience “discrimination and sexism”. She then describes her own experiences involving discrimination and sexism during her career. Next, she is then asked about potential industries women can “tap” into to become a successful entrepreneur. She states that the “tourism, minerals, agriculture, and manufacturing” industries are potentially good opportunities for women in Africa. Isabel dos Santos specifically identifies the agriculture sector. In it, she states “medium scale operations …” are “becoming more lucrative.” Additionally, she mentions opportunities involving “internal tourists” from other African countries of whom have “disposable income” within the “growing middle class”. This is in reference to opportunities within the tourism industry.

Further, in the interview, she is asked about her philanthropic efforts. As mentioned, Isabel dos Santos works with humanitarian organizations that improve, benefits, and supports society. These philanthropic efforts include “sponsoring charities and programs”. She is also involved in initiatives towards “improving social responsibility”. Isabel dos Santos gives the readers a few examples of her involvement in various humanitarian efforts. Supporting a pediatric hospital, financial support in combating malaria, and the distribution of clean potable water are only to mention a few of her involvements with charitable organizations.

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