Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women's History Month
Celebrating African Women

 Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8.

Throughout this month, we will be celebrating African women contributions to the world by portraying biographies, interviews, and highlights from various African women (past and present). These ladies have marked the world, especially the African continent. We will be covering African women from various profession, from sports to Politics, living in Africa, and all across the globe.

To start us off, let's look at one of Africa's richest woman (source: Forbes Magazine): Isabel dos Santos.

 


 

Isabel dos Santos

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Born in 1973, daughter of well-known Angola's President José Eduardo dos Santos, Isabel is the first African woman Billionaire according to Forbes Magazine, giving her the title of "Africa's Richest Woman." According to Forbes, her net worth is well beyond three billion US Dollars (ref: Year 2014).

She's a dynamic and intelligent investor who's started making her mark in business in the early 1990s after returning from London to join her father in Luanda, Angola.

Her first business story was when she opened up a restaurant in Luanda in 1997, called Miami Beach. She was only 24.

She has investments mainly in both Portugal and Angola (telecommunications, media, retail, finance, and energy industry). It is said that Isabel dos Santos started acquiring her wealth by taking stakes in companies that invested in Angola.

According to Forbes Magazine, her assets in Angola include 25% of Unitel, the country's largest mobile phone network, and a stake in a bank, Banco BIC. In Portugal she owns roughly 7% chunk of oil and gas firm Galp Energia, and nearly 19% of Banco BPI, the country's fourth-largest bank. She is also a controlling shareholder of Portuguese cable TV and telecom firm Nos SGPS (formerly called Zon). She is also the President of Angola Red Cross.

Isabel dos Santos is currently married to Congolese (DRC) arts collector and businessman Mr. Sindika Dokolo (Born in 1972), who has been living in Luanda since 1999. This is by far the most powerful young union coming from Central Africa.