- Africa's richest woman, who is worth $2.2 billion (over R28 billion), Isabel dos Santos, has shown interest in contesting for Angola's presidency in 2022
- Jos Eduardo dos Santos, her father, ruled the same country for about four decades
- Before now, Isabel has never shown interest in political office but was portrayed as an entrepreneur
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Angola billionaire Isabel dos Santos, one of the wealthiest women in the world, has hinted at contesting for the country’s presidency.
In speaking with the BBC, Isabel on four different occasions refused to rule out the possibility that she could be running for the nation’s highest political post.
It should be noted that her father, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, was the president of Angola for 38 years. Also, prosecutors are trying to recover R14 billion Isabel and her associates are said to be owing the country.
Isabel, who is 46 years old, was estimated by Forbes magazine to be the richest woman in Africa.
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In hinting at her interest in the post, she revealed her strong sense of duty and patriotism to her country, saying “To lead is to serve, so I will do whatever my life takes me.”
Later, Africa’s richest woman on a Portuguese television said it is very possible she might run for the office come 2022.
Briefly.co.za gathered that this latest development is a total surprise as she had never shown political interest but was only always seen as a successful entrepreneur.
When she was 24 years old, Isabel bought a stake in Miami Beach, a stylish bar and restaurant in Luanda, and from there steadily rose to become the first female billionaire on the continent.
She also has a 6% share in Galp, a Portuguese oil and gas firm that is worth around $830m. Among others, Isabel has a 42.5% stake in BIC, also known as Angolan bank.
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