Isabel dos Santos, Angolan billionaire and businesswoman is one of the most powerful and influential people in the world. She has the unique position of being a businesswoman of color on the world stage. She however is not alone as both Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey are frequent comparisons as well as also being able to relate to Isabel dos Santos as well.
Isabel dos Santos credits her success to her upbringing of not only being the daughter to the former President of Angola, but also to her educational background. Being sent to the United Kingdom for schooling allowed her to see the borders outside of Angola for the first time. As a result, she attended both primary and secondary school at Cobham Hall in Kent before eventually attending King’s College. There, she studied Electrical Engineering, another unique factor as engineering is generally a male-dominated occupation. dos Santos’s engineering background gave her the foundation she needed before engaging in the rise of her telecommunications empire.dos Santos first found work in Angola working for Urbana which was tasked with cleaning and renovating the streets of Luanda, the capital of Angola. Eventually Isabel dos Santos made her first business venture in 1997 by investing in Miami Beach, which happened to be one of the first bar and restaurant to be made on Luanda Island in Angola. This of course was a precursor to eventual rise in Angola’s entertainment district.
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Podes viajar e conhecer vários países, chegar aos 4 cantos do mundo até mesmo, mas nunca terás paisagem mais linda que a nossa Angola. Minha terra com beleza sem igual. Quedas de Kalandula sempre a surpreender-me desde a primeira vez… Parece quase irreal mas é um paraíso escondido aqui em Malanje. Simplesmente lindo ❤🇦🇴 #SharingbyIsabeldosSantos #natureza #Angola #proudlyAngolan #love You may travel and get to know several countries, even reach the 4 corners of the world, but you will never have a more beautiful landscape than our Angola. My motherland with its unique beauty. Kalandula Falls always surprising me since the first time … It seems almost unreal, but it is a hidden paradise here in Malanje. Simply gorgeous ❤🇦🇴
Dos Santos made multiple strategic business moves before taking note that Angola and Africa as a whole lacked in telecommunication. As a result, Unitel was created and quickly grew, dominating the Angolan market. Wanting extend Unitel, dos Santos acquired mobile carrier T+ and through good investments and business relationships in Portugal, obtained a partnership with Portugal Telecom.
Noting that the next generation of potential businesswomen of color needed guidance, dos Santos has taken it upon herself to engage in philanthropy and highlighting positive role models. Her attention to stressing critical thinking skills, perseverance and a clear vision despite the odds are traits that other can look to when pursuing their own endeavors