Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos and her contributions towards empowering women

Isabel dos Santos is the first billionaire African woman. She has an estimated net worth of $2 billion US dollars by the Forbes. She is the eldest daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santo the president who ruled Angola from 1979-2017. Isabel dos Santos was named most influential women in the world by BBC back in the year 2015. She is a renowned businesswoman, a dynamic leader, and a philanthropist. Being in a business world dominated by men she considers herself an equal competitor and keeps on steering forward and achieving greater success.

Besides business, Isabel dos Santos is known for her reputable philanthropic work as well as her generous characteristic of giving back to the society. She is a firm believer that economic empowerment of women can lead to tremendous transformations in the society. She has been instrumental in inspiring African young women to pursue and achieve their ambitions in the business world. Isabel dos Santos believes that the business world has been deprived of great innovators due to the stigmatization of women in workplaces mostly in Africa which bar them from attaining their visions and achieving their ambitions. She believes that everyone should be accorded equal opportunity, education, training, and job based on merit, not gender.

Isabel dos Santos invests most of her philanthropic work in women and particularly from her home country. She meets young women through institutions, universities, and other conferences to inspire them through her speeches, motivation, and debates on entrepreneurship. She encourages Africa’s young women to take full advantage of the world’s ever-rising reliance on technological advancements and innovation. Isabel dos Santos believes that through innovative technology Africa can attract attention in the international market while creating more job opportunities to curb the current state of unemployment in the developing countries. This will, in turn, lead to a transformation of the society at large (TheNewsVersion).

All along her philanthropic work, she is guided by her philosophy statement, “First the seed, then the future.” Her priority is promoting the development of Africa through empowering future generation and investing in their talents and abilities.

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