I like to talk about the rich and mighty in the world at large and my focus today is on the richest woman in Africa. Until i decided to write this post i was already misinformed about who the richest woman in Africa was.
I was unaware that Folorunso Alakija the Nigerian billionaire was not the richest even though in 2014, she temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world.
The number one spot actually belong to Isabel dos Santos.
And she is from Angola!
She is the oldest daughter of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos and his first wife, the Russian-born Tatiana Kukanova, whom he met while studying in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.
She attended the all girls boarding school in Kent, Cobham Hall. She studied electrical engineering at King’s College in London. There she met her husband from Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), Sindika Dokolo.
Her husband is a Congolese art collector and businessman. It is said that he owns one of the most important contemporary African art collections, with over 3000 pieces.
She was born on 1 April 1973 and is a mother to three kids.
She was declared Africa’s first billionaire by Forbes in 2013 when research showed that her net worth had reached two billion US dollars.
The source of her wealth is tied to her father’s long stay in power as the President of Angola from 1979 to 2017. A position that allowed her access into the runnings of the country, granting her the rare privilege of taking stakes in companies doing business in Angola.
In November 2015, the BBC named Isabel dos Santos as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.
Besides Unitel (Angola’s biggest telecommunications company ) her business interests include media, retail, finance and energy, both in Angola and in Portugal.
She is currently worth $2.3 billion according to Forbes, making her the richest woman in Africa.