Isabel dos Santos is recognized as one of the richest women in Africa. Dos Santos is a great entrepreneur who advocates for entrepreneurship in Africa as well as economic growth. Isabel dos Santos is the daughter of the former Angola president Jose Eduardo dos Santos who has been ruling from 1979 to 2017. Isabel studied at king’s college where she graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.
Isabel dos Santos has worked for more than two decades with different companies where she held top management positions. In 2017 after her father stepped down, he made her the chairwoman of Sonangol, which is an oil company in Angola. As a businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos formed several partnerships and business connections with companies and banks in Angola. Some of the companies Isabel worked with included the Cable TV firm, telecom firm among others (Economist).
As a businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos has worked in different business industries such as entertainment, construction, finance as well as education. Isabel dos Santos is a great private investor and an independent businesswoman with diverse business skills. Today she is the chairwoman of UNITEL, which is one of the greatest telecommunication firm located in Angola. Her role in UNITEL enabled her to improve the telecommunications infrastructure in her country, Angola. Also, UNITEL together with Isabel created a job for Angolan people as well as improve communication in both rural and urban parts of Angola. Today Isabel do Santos encourages women in Africa to become entrepreneurs so as to develop the economy in Africa. According to Isabel, women should be given equal opportunities when it comes to business. During an interview, Isabel was asked about some of the business opportunities that are available for Africans, and she said that there is agriculture, tourism, minerals as well as manufacturing.
Isabel also advises women who are starting their business to follow their ambition and passion as well as remain focused. Apart from career Isabel is also committed to giving back to her community and supports a children hospital in Angola that works to fight malaria. She handles different campaigns against malaria through the continent. Also ensures that there are clean water and enough food for the needy families in her community. Isabel is successful today to her hard work and commitment to developing the economy in Africa.
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