Isabel dos Santos is the most affluent woman in Africa, currently worth of over 3 billion dollars US tender, according to Forbes. This makes her the wealthiest person in Africa currently, and the continent’s first female billionaire. Isabel dos Santos is the eldest daughter of the former president of Angona, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who led the country for 30 years, 1979 to 2009. Isabel is a successful businesswoman in her own right, with much of her wealth coming from trading stocks. She began schooling at Cobham Hall, a private boarding school girls in Kent, England. Afterwards, dos Santos attended King’s College in London, England. She studied electrical engineering here, and met her future husband as well, the son of a wealthy politician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the name of Sindika Dokolo. After graduating, Isabel dos Santos went back to Angona to work with her father. Dos Santos scored a position as managing engineer for Urbana 2000, a contract that was to clean up and disinfect the capital city. However, as successful her career has been in both management and engineering, her true wealth comes from trading stocks, or shares in a particular company. She has acquired a diverse stock portfolio throughout her time in the markets, showing particular interest in the electrical industry, media and entertainment. Isabel dos Santos is the majority stockholder for ZON Multimedia who is a subdivision of Telefonica, the main media provider in Spain. Dos Santos owns both Unitel International Holdings BV, situated in The Netherlands, and Jadeium, in Angola, and between these two companies, Isabel dos Santos owns over 34% of the total stocks outstanding, giving her significant sway over ZON. This lets dos Santos have a large influence over what the media company puts out to its customers. In 2013, BBC placed dos Santos in their 100 most influential women chart due to her massive acquired wealth. Not only does she have significant influence in a major company, but she has also served as an inspiration for men and women alike looking to become wealthy. It is no stretch to say that she may easily overtake some of the wealthiest people in the world at this rate.
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