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A Very Brief Summary of Isabel dos Santos

Isabel dos Santos is a successful businesswoman who comes from Angola, Africa. She is the eldest daughter of former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos and happens to be the richest woman in Africa, with ar net worth estimated close to $3 billion dollars in US currency in 2013, according to Forbes, also making dos Santos the first billionaire African woman. BBC also put Isabel dos Santos on the list of the 100 most influential women in the world.

Isabel dos Santos began her education by attending Cobham Hall, a boarding school for women in Kent. She later studied electrical engineering at King’s College in London, where she would also later meet her future husband Sindika Dokolo. After finishing school, Isabel dos Santos would hold a few management positions for companies before going to work with her father as a project manager engineer for Urbana 2000, a subsidiary of Jembas group that had won a contract to disinfect and clean the city. (wikipedia)

Isabel do Santos is both a talented manager and engineer, but she only became a billionaire after showing she also had incredible instinct for trading shares. Isabel dos Santos owns many shares in many companies, but has shown keen interest in the industries of telecommunications, retail, finance, media as well as the energy industry. In terms of countries, dos Santos focuses on her own homeland of Angola, as well as focusing much of her assets in Portugal. One of her most significant single investments, however, is the Spanish media company know as ZON Multimedia,a subdivision of Telefonica, also located in Spain. Isabel dos Santos is the majority stock holder for the company, owning over a third of total shares by herself, thanks in large part to danish investment firm Unitel International Holdings BV, of whom dos Santos is the owner. This firm, along with Jadeium, also owned by dos Santos, hold a combined 34% of the company, giving dos Santos significant influence over the company.

This is just one example of how Isabel dos Santos has made her mark on the world and shows that she earned her position amongst the most influential women of our modern time.


Fortress Investment Group and Richard Branson

About Fortress Investment Group

Fortress Investment Group was founded in 1998 with the aim of becoming the leading and highly diversified global investment manager. As of September 30 this year, Fortress had managed to get assets of over $42.1 billion through its management.

Their cornerstone is to strive and generate strong risk-adjusted returns for the investors over time. They have 209 investment professional throughout the affiliate offices and the headquarters in New York.

View the group’s profile on Linkedin.

Fortress Investment Group and Richard Branson

Fortress received investment from the British billionaire Richard Branson. Fortress Investment is a privately – funded intercity passenger train that was built in the U.S for over 100 years. Brightline chairman and the Fortress co-founder Wes Edens met with Branson at the company’s new station in Miami last year. They discussed Edens’ vision for a nationwide expansion. The Fortress Investment Group project marked a significant bet that can profitably revive the train travel in the U.S.

The current state

Currently, Brightine plots to operate in Orlando plus Tampa. It will start constructions next on a line that links Las Vegas through Southern California immediately it acquires XpressWest and gets the needed federal approval. The company eyes St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta and Houston as potential markets that can welcome the railroad services.

Fortress Investment Group future projections

Virgin Group will invest in Brightline. Brightline will be managed and operated by Fortress virgin group’s affiliate or executive team. Virgin Group will, therefore, own some part of the Fortress which will be familiar to other deals it has had with other deals it has struck in the U.S. since the majority of the Americans travel by train daily, their company wants to transform it as it did to the air travel.

The rename to virgin trains

This private –equity company owned by Brightline operates between Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach at very high speed. It is planning to rename itself virgin trains. The rename will occur this month according to the statement given through Bloomberg news. It might be its name from then onwards thought there are speculations that the name might change due to rebranding. See more: