Even in the modern world, it can be difficult to find women business role models. If we look at the list of millionaires, we can see a top 100 list of men but very few women. The women that do make the list stand out for the intelligence, business acumen and for the ability to overcome the specific challenges a woman faces in a predominantly male world.
One such iconic woman is Isabel dos Santos. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, once a Soviet republic, she is the eldest daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, former president of Angola and first wife, Russian-born Tatiana Kukanova.
Isabel dos Santos spent her formative years in London and graduated from Kings College with a degree in electrical engineering. While at university she met her husband Sindika Dokolo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Upon completion of her degree, she returned to Angola to take a managerial position with Urbana 2000, a subsidiary of the Jembas Group. She excelled in her role to help clean up the city. But when the project ended, she set her sight on new horizons, choosing to establish a much needed commercial transportation company. It was in her role as director of her proprietary company that she encountered the telecommunications shortcomings of the existing service companies. To improve these deficiencies she invested and initiated growth in the telecommunications industry in Angola.
During the same period of time, she also foresaw tourism growth on the island of Luanda. She launched the first world-class night club named the Miami Beach Club. Over the next 20 years, Isabel dos Santos continued to invest in energy, retail, telecommunications and financial industries in Angola. People who are unfamiliar with her track record believe her success is due to her father’s political influence. In truth, Isabel dos Santos is a self-made woman, one other business women can look up to with respect. Website: https://www.isabeldossantos.com/