Isabel dos Santos is — an established investor, a smart entrepreneur, and more importantly — a trained engineer. Five years ago. Forbes mentioned her in a list of the most influential people from Africa and the richest woman from Africa. For the last five years, her profile as an investor and an entrepreneur continues to grow — because of the following reasons.
Isabel is a hardworking individual in the world of business. According to Isabel dos Santos, working hard is critical and irreplaceable. However, her definition of work is different. She believes that work is a product of different things. First, understanding your market is a game changer in defining work. Second, Isabel believes that work is all the inputs an investor puts in a venture — whether directly or indirectly. Finally, she believes that working in teams is vital, for productivity and more importantly, for individual growth.
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Isabel dos Santos is one of the strongest believers in empowerment — especially using indigenous means. In a 2014 interview, she pointed out that agriculture is still one of the strongest economies in Africa, and she is working with different entities on agricultural projects. However, Isabel understands that working with women is more fulfilling because of these two reasons. First, women work in groups, and this organization is critical for bigger projects. Second, she is also keen on investing in projects that empower African women. Isabel believes that African women has the same potential as the African man — if given equal opportunities.
Isabel dos Santos also understands that in major projects, mentorships are vital. In her agricultural projects — with African women — Isabel uses the chance to educate the women on the importance of having futuristic views on projects. She is also keen on helping them to acquire some basic managerial skills. She believes that managerial skills on a larger scale will transform Africa in future. On her Twitter account, she points out that the main reason why she is successful is that some investment experts spent their time on her. Although her engineering background assists her to understand numbers and make a smart interpretation of numbers, mentorship programs shaped her view on investment. Visit: https://www.forbes.com/profile/isabel-dos-santos/#2e19b657523f