Many individuals across the world are familiar with Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote. Nonetheless, Isabel dos Santos, an Angolan business professional, is Africa’s wealthiest woman. She is also the eldest child of Jose Eduardo dos Santos. The man ruled as president between 1979 and 2017. In 2013, Forbes Magazine concluded a research report that declared Isabel the first billionaire woman of Africa. Five years later, she has continued to amass wealth in various industries. However, being a woman working in a male-dominated world of business isn’t always easy. Like she reiterates, especially for women of Africa, it can be challenging to land rewarding opportunities in business.
In an interview with the international news department, she points that becoming a successful women in a world that’s populated mainly by men requires an individual to commit time, monetary resources, and effort. She is persistent in pursuing her dreams. According to Isabel dos Santos, there are few female professionals, making it a society vastly dominated by men. Discrimination still exists. On different occasions in corporate meetings, Isabel dos Santos admits that parties she has dealt with in the past admittedly sought the assistance of male lawyers and advisers to assess their opinion, even though she is the main shareholder of the given company. Still, being a woman, your opinions are often second-guessed. Most people go to the extent of asking what business her husband does.
Such individuals assume that being a woman, she is less capable of negotiating at a business table. The most challenging thing for women is raising capital as well as investment for a business. Financial systems are more confident in male expert-led projects. Apart from that, being the only black woman in the room is becoming a challenge. People tend to treat her differently. Isabel dos says that Africa has unfavorably been marketed in the international landscape. In the past 14 years, Isabel dos Santos has managed to hold her several positions in various companies. She moved back to Luanda in 1990 to pursue business with the assistance of her father. She first worked as the project manager in charge of Urbana 2000.