Isabel dos Santos on Improvements

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The Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos, is the top richest woman in Africa having an estimated current fortune of about three billion dollars. Isabel dos Santos was born in 1973 to Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the former president of Angola. Back in 2013 she first attained two billion, thus becoming Africa’s first female billionaire. Most of her biggest investments are in her native country of Angola and in Portugal. She is also a leading proponent and spokesperson in Africa, for the modernization of the continent, particularly in the area of technology.

She is certain that an improvement of technology, primarily digitalization, will help to vastly improve Africa’s economy. Isabel dos Santos is also a very committed proponent for increasing employment for women in the African business place. There is yet a remaining stigma of working women throughout the continent. She herself has experienced this prejudice throughout her professional career. She says that even today, having successfully made billions of dollars, individuals in African business doubt her business decisions because she is a woman. Santos says that may businesswoman with good ideas and perspectives are doubted immediately and therefore never heard.

It is especially hard for entrepreneur businesswomen who are trying to raise funds for a project since many African investors will only fund male-led projects. In Africa, it is always assumed that if a woman is wealthy that she was made so because of a rich husband. It is her own experience as the victim of this prejudice which has made her resolve in this so great. Isabel dos Santos says that although there are these remaining prejudices, it is possible for today’s African business women to succeed and to succeed well. She says she herself is an example of this. She highly recommends starting things off well by identifying your passions and gifts. They then need to seek higher education. All of this has made her one of the most respected business people in the world.