Isabel dos Santos is arguably one of the most influential women in Africa. She is the daughter of the former Angolan President. In 2013, she was named the first woman to achieve the billionaire status. Currently, she is one of the two women billionaires in the world.
Isabel dos Santos was born in Angola, but she spent most of her childhood in England for elementary education, and King’s College in London where she pursued a degree in electrical engineering. At the University, Isabel dos Santos was the only student of Africa descent in her class. Being the only African student in a class full of natives did not deter Isabel from achieving her dreams. Isabel graduated with flying colors where she emerged among the top students in her class.
Moving back home
After graduating from King’s College, Isabel dos Santos returned to her homeland to contribute to nation-building. Her first job was at a company known as Urbana 2000. Isabel was appointed the project manager for the company that had landed a contract to clean up Luanda. Isabel performed exceptionally at the company, which motivated her to launch her business.
In the following years, Isabel established several successful business ventures that include a trucking company, night club, and restaurant. She also found Trans-Atlantic Investment Services, a company that sought to streamline the African diamond trade.
This was one of the most significant accomplishments of Isabel dos Santos. Unitel is the biggest provider of telecommunication services in Angola. The company has brought forth numerous developments in the country, including easing sharing of information and connecting Angolans to the rest of the world.
Championing for women rights
There is no doubt that Isabel has succeeded in almost every aspect of her life. She is now using her success story to inspire millions of underprivileged African women. Isabel fights for equality, diversity, and inclusivity. She has set the bar high in her companies by ensuring that they uphold women’s rights and equality. Isabel doesn’t tolerate the traditional office behavior that allows men to be leaders and women to be juniors. She recognizes the fact that just like men, women can also deliver exemplary results when given the opportunity.