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DRC: Sindika-Dokolo, the businessman and husband of Isabel dos Santos has died
Several sources indicate that he died while scuba diving in Dubai, a usual activity for him who was asthmatic.
Businessman, cultural operator and president of the "Sindika-Dokolo" foundation, this Congolese millionaire was the husband of Isabel dos Santos, the eldest daughter of the former Angolan President (José Eduardo dos Santos), and the first richest woman in Africa. Passionate about contemporary art, Sindika Dokolo claimed the title of first collector of the African continent (his collection includes more than 10,000 works of art, and he had to build the first African pavilion in Venice in 2007).
Sindika Dokolo was born in March 1972 in Kinshasa to a Danish-born mother (Hanne Kruse) and a Congolese father (Augustin Dokolo Sanu), a self-made man, who in 1970 opened the first bank created by an African on the continent (the "Bank of Kinshasa").
Sindika Dokolo grew up between Belgium and France, before joining his father in 1995 to work alongside him. Fleeing the first years of the Kabila regime, he landed in 1999 in Luanda where he quickly set up several companies.
He will sit on the board of directors of the cement company Nova Cimangola and he will be a member of the board of Amorim Energia, the company that owns one third of the oil company Galp Energia.
In 2002, Sindika Dokolo married Isabel dos Santos, the eldest daughter of José Eduardo dos Santos, Angolan President from 1979 to 2017. They will, thereafter, invest in many sectors: diamond, oil, real estate and telephony in Angola, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Mozambique.
In 2017, Sindika Dokolo launched his own political movement "Congolese Stand Up" to mobilize Congolese civil society against President Joseph Kabila and support the opposition.