With a reported net worth of more than three billion dollars, Isabel dos Santos, an Angolan businesswoman is known as the richest woman in Africa. While more women are assuming leadership roles all over the world, the scales are still slightly unbalanced in many parts of Africa.
In a recent interview with Economist, Isabel dos Santos sat down to discuss the ups and downs of being a businesswoman in a world that seems to be dominated by men, and how she works to empower other women to follow their dreams. Isabel dos Santos´strategy- simply plant seeds for Africa’s future.
When asked about the influences of male figures in her life, and how they have contributed to her growth, she praises her father, former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos. Dos Santos says that the men in her life are major supporters of her endeavors, and her father raised her to believe that she was capable of accomplishing anything. It was because of his support and encouragement that she was virtually unaware was quite rare for African girls in her early life (CNN).
She is a firm believer in the power of empowerment. Always determined to follow her own path, she found passion in helping others do the same. Today, she spends her time giving back to her community and encouraging women and young girls to follow their entrepreneurial spirit, which she believes has a heavy presence in Africa. Isabel supports an Angolan Pediatric Hospital as one of its top contributors in the fight against Malaria.
Her commitment to change in Africa has helped provide more access to quality education and an abundance of resources to those looking to better their lives. Someday she says, she hopes to see Africa filled with successful entrepreneurs, small businesses and better opportunities for education.
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