Born on 1st April 1973 in Azerbaijan, Isabel Dos Santos is the daughter of Tatiana Kukanova—who was the first wife of Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. Jose Eduardo Dos Santos became the president of Angola in 1982. According to Isabel Dos Santos, her father persuaded her to go to school just as he persuaded her brothers. Isabel attributes her success to her father, who supported all her own decisions, which helped her as she grew up. She attended an all-girls boarding school in England, where she learned a lot about what is required of women in the professional world.

After graduating from secondary school, she pursued Electrical Engineering. While studying electrical engineering, she and a Chinese girl were the only girls in their class. Isabel met with Sindika Dokolo who was the son of a millionaire from the Democratic Republic of Congo after which they got married once they were done with their studies. After graduating Isabel and her husband didn’t immediately go back to Africa, they stayed in London and while there Isabel was lucky to land herself some well-paying jobs in an international companies. Isabel went back to Luanda in 1990 where she got involved in business and politics.

In the next couple of years, Isabel dos Santos was named one of the most successful women in Africa due to her investment and the position she held in Sonangol, which was an oil company. Nowadays, Isabel Dos Santos is more concerned about the empowerment of women, and at the same time, she also advises entrepreneurs from Africa not to forget where they came from to improve the economy. She also admits that it’s not easy to be successful in an economy that is dominated by men. Isabel also has shares in the most prominent cement companies in Angola. She also has investments in almost all sectors in the Portuguese economy from telecommunications to media industries. Throughout her marriage, Isabel dos says that her husband has always been supportive and never has he ever seen her like a threat. Isabel’s wealth is estimated to be $2.4 billion, which makes her the richest woman in Africa.

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