Isabel dos Santos is a highly regarded Angolan female entrepreneur. She has built multinational conglomerates invested in industries like telecommunications, financial, natural resources, real estate, and media. Roughly half of her financial investments are in Angolan companies, with the remainder mainly invested in Portuguese firms. She is also an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. One of her companies, Unitel, has built a telecommunications network across Angola. This has helped remote villagers connect to the internet and in doing so has created new business opportunities. The average Angolan earns just $2 a day and having internet access is helping them increase their earning power.
Isabel dos Santos, a successful billionaire, has also helped build educational opportunities in Angola, address malnutrition, and advocate for positive change. Isabel dos said that doing things to help Angolans get well-paying jobs is a high priority. As she puts it, by helping someone that person can pay for their child’s education. That child might become a doctor who helps countless other people. It’s this that motivates her and is what she regards as fun. She finds it more rewarding than heading to the beach to frolic with her husband and three children. Putting words into action, she funded a strawberry farm project in Angola’s province of Huila.
This project in the Humptata village is known as “Planting the Seeds”. About 120 women now work at this farm and are earning a living. The local business community benefits from the increased economic activity and additional supply of money spent on their goods and services.She attended King’s College in London. Isabel dos Santos was one of just two women who were studying electrical engineering. She already had an inkling of what it was like to be in a male-dominated society, but this experience drove that truth home. Often during her professional career, she has been dismissed by men who feel they know better. She fights back by using her leadership skills and business acumen to demonstrate she is a strong businesswoman who knows what she is doing.