Isabel dos Santos is Africa’s richest woman! She is currently worth a whopping 2.2 billion dollars! This fortune is due to her extensive career history, including executive management and investing. She has gained much experience concerning business management around the world. Her expansive career has ranged over the last 20 years, and in that time, she has successfully navigated the corporate ladder (Interview).
Born April 1st, 1973, Isabel is a mixture of Russian and Angolan lineages. This successful businesswoman is the daughter of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos who held office for 38 years. By her 40th birthday, she broke ground and became Africa’s first female billionaire. In 2015, the British Broadcasting Corporation selected her as one of the world’s 100 most influential women.
Spanning the past 20 years, Isabel dos Santos has held executive seats in multiple companies listed on European exchanges.
Her first venture was as a project manager engineer for Urbana 2000. This opportunity would allow her to join her father in an effort to clean up the city of London. Over the next 20 years, she would vastly expand her business interests. One of the most significant sectors of her fortune comes from her holdings in multiple domestic and international corporations. She has expressed her interest in numerous fields, including media, retail, finance, energy, and telecommunications.
In the last decade, she has made major moves leveraging multiple holdings and positions bolstering her wealth even further. By 2012, Isabel is shareholder of ZON Multimédia. In 2013 she paved the way for a merger with Sonaecom resulting in 50 to 716 million euros in capital. In November of 2014, she launched a takeover of Portugal Telecom. By December 2014 she had registered her offer at the Portuguese Securities Market Commission.
Isabel dos Santos subsequent partnership with Portugal Telecom led to the creation of Unitel. Unitel is a private Angolan telecommunications company that boasts around 9 million users. She invested a great deal of the profit into educating the youth. Unitel has provided many budding professionals with the opportunity to further their careers in engineering, management, and job creation. Isabel dos Santos is a leading businesswoman in her industry as she continues to pave the way forward.
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