Isabel Dos Santos is a successful businesslady and entrepreneur who has been listed by Forbes as the richest woman in Africa with a net worth of $US2 billion. She is the eldest child of the former president of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos. She has built her career working, investing and inspiring throughout Angola and abroad. She has invested heavily in many enterprises in Portugal.
She invested in Miami Beach Club, Luanda Island’s one of the first clubs and beach restaurants in 1997. Isabel Dos Santos invested in the telecommunication sector early when walkie-talkies were the talk of town. Over the past 20 years, Isabel has expanded the areas of her businesses greatly making huge investments in high-profile enterprises and companies. She was the chairwoman of Sonangol, the state oil company in Angola.
Aside from her success financially, Isabel Dos Santos has worked to promote and empower African women. At a United Nation debate, she told delegates that empowering women in Africa is a key component of society development and transformation. The entrepreneurial spirit in Africa has impressed the accomplished entrepreneur. She says if not for the inequity in opportunity distribution as well as sexist-stigma, women would be pillars of economic and social development in Africa
She advocates for women to get the same job opportunities, potential for growth and education men get. Leaders across the world should look for ways to plant the seeds of women empowerment by providing training, creating jobs, as well as breaking sexist stigmas to enable women to break free and foster economic freedom of women.
Isabel Dos Santos travels throughout Angola talking with upcoming entrepreneurs, motivating them and encouraging them to keep on pursuing their dreams. She encourages women to take advantage of increased reliance on technology as well as artificial intelligence to create opportunities for themselves. She believes that technology will unlock more opportunities while increasing the presence of Africa in the international economy. Eventually, there will be more employment opportunities. She points out that with a computer and internet connection, one is exposed to more opportunities that could pay even more than conventional employment opportunities (BBC).