Africa’s richest lady has been revealed because the proprietor of a £13million house in certainly one of London’s most unique areas that has brought about anguish for neighbours.
Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s controversial former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, plans to demolish the home and rebuild it as an ‘iceberg’ mansion.
She has been given permission to raze the property and assemble a four-storey house instead, full with an underground swimming pool complicated.
Mrs dos Santos, 46, additionally plans to put in a scorching tub, wine cellar, therapeutic massage room and walk-in secure beneath the sprawling house in Kensington, west London.
However the plans brought about fury amongst rich neighbours, with one resident claiming the proposal would ‘create resentment, divisiveness and poor neighborhood feeling’.
The revelation, unearthed by ‘Finance Uncovered’, that she owns the posh house is prone to stoke widespread considerations in regards to the origin of Mrs dos Santos’ wealth.
Regardless of presenting herself as a self-made entrepreneur who rubs shoulders with the A-list elite, opponents have described her because the beneficiary of kleptocracy in Africa.
The vast majority of her almost £2billion wealth was amassed whereas her father Jose Eduardo, 76, served as ruler of Angola for 38 years.
Critics of dos Santos declare he murdered many politicians, journalists and others throughout his spell in energy.
He was additionally accused of monopolizing and exploiting oil and diamond sources and seizing management of virtually all elements of presidency energy.
Critics additional declare his daughter Isabel acquired her personal fortune by utilizing her household’s energy to take stakes in corporations doing enterprise in Angola, the place many individuals stay on as little as $2 a day.
Angola, a rustic of 18 million folks, lies on the western coast of southern Africa and is wealthy in diamonds and oil.
The nation was wracked by 27 years of civil warfare which lastly resulted in 2002, resulting in an enormous leap in oil revenues from $three billion in 2002 to $66 billion in 2008.
Transparency Worldwide, the NGO that investigates authorities fraud, just lately ranked Angola 165th out of 180 nations in its corruption notion index.
Mrs dos Santos studied engineering at King’s Faculty, London, earlier than opening her first enterprise on the age of 24, a restaurant referred to as ‘Miami Seashore’.
Amid rumours that she has invested in properties in London, it has now been revealed how she purchased the Kensington house for £8.65million in 2007.