The former head of Sonangol, often called “the Princess” in her home country, Angola, since she is the oldest daughter of the second longest serving president in Africa, Jose Eduardo dos Santos. She describes herself in many instances as a private investor and independent businesswoman distancing herself from claims that her wealth originates from her family. Isabel dos Santos is ranked as the 8th richest person in Africa according to the Forbes list of 2019 Billionaires, even though her wealth decreased to an estimated $2.3 billion, down from $2.7 billion one year ago.
Isabel dos Santos is an Electrical engineer graduate from the Kings College in London. This academic background offered her the necessary skillset she needed to layout her success pathway in the field of communication and technology. She has been able to use her expertise and savvy in the business world over the years to create the most successful companies in Africa and the world at large. The 46-year-old has accumulated her wealth from numerous investments. She has stock holdings in the oil firm Galp, a telecommunication and cable Television firm by the name Nos both firms situated in Portugal and she also owns 25% of mobile telecom firm Unitel which is in Angola. Read more about Isabel Dos Santos at about.me
Isabel dos Santos was named as Africa’s most powerful woman by making it to the 2018 Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. She was the only woman from an African country to make it to that list peaking at position 74.
It’s worth noting that her continued entrepreneurial endeavors have made Isabel dos Santos, stand out in a male-dominated world of business with high net-worth individuals. As a result, she’s the only black billionaire woman in the world alongside Oprah Winfrey. Isabel dos Santo s has often attributed her success to hard work, her ability to overcome disappointments, surpass expectations, accomplish set goals and her unique business skillset. Isabel dos Santos is a keen public speaker and has often stood in the global stage to give outstanding speeches about African growth and infrastructure investment in the whole continent.