With a net worth of over $2 billion, businesswoman Isabel dos Santos is known as one of Africa’s wealthiest people, and as the first female to reach billionaire status on that continent. After her father, former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, helped her get started in the financial industry, she went on to hold several executive positions at businesses that are listed on the European Stock Exchange. In the early 1990s, the Russian-born investor began her first corporate venture in the city of Luanda as a Project Manager for a company called Urbana 2000, a subsidiary of Jembas Group that secured a contract to handle cleaning duties in the area. Visit Isabel dos Santos on her twitter.
When she completed her responsibilities at Urbana 2000, Isabel dos Santos moved on to run a trucking operation, later going into her first business ownership venture by starting a nightclub and restaurant called Miami Beach Club, which was one of the first businesses of its kind on the island of Luanda. For a span of 20 years, she expanded into many other areas in the investment sector when she created a number of holding companies in both Angola and other countries like Portugal, where she bought shares of stock in different enterprises. By 2016, her father had appointed her as the Chairwoman of the Sonangol Oil Company, and in addition to her interest in the oil industry, she made investments in telecommunication companies, as well as those involving retail, energy and media.
Isabel dos Santos owns 29% of a company called Jadeium, which has 4.9% of shares in Zon multimedia from Telefonica, a telecommunications group located in Spain. She also controls a company known as United International Holdings that is based in The Netherlands. Because of all of her smart business dealings, she was listed in Forbes magazine as one of only a few Black female billionaires in the world, one being well-known talk show host Oprah Winfrey, the other, a Nigerian oil company executive named Folorunsho Alakija. Isabel dos Santos, who is a married mother of four, has said that she believes in talent, and in empowering the next generation of leaders. Website: https://www.isabeldossantos.com/