Sindika Dokolo, husband of Isabel dos Santos, dies at 48

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos (left) and her husband Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese arts collector and businessman.

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Kinshasa. Congolese businessman and collector of African art, Sindika Dokolo, has died in Dubai.

Mr Dokolo, who was also married to Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos - the daughter former Angolan President Édouardo dos Santos - was the son of Augustin Dokolo, a Congolese businessman known for having established the country's first banking empire. 

Mr Dokolo is said to have died in a diving accident in Dubai on October 29, 2020. 

He was recently in the spotlight over the Luanda Leaks scandal in which his wife was widely cited.

Ms dos Santos is reported to be the richest woman in Angola, with a vast fortune of about $2.2 billion (about Sh239 billion).

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos (left) arrives followed by her husband, Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo, to attend the start of the new EFACEC Portuguese corporation's electric mobility industrial unit in Maia.

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In the Congolese political sphere, he was known for his opposition to a third term for former president Joseph Kabila. 

Mr Dokolo was also the initiator of the citizen movement “Les Congolais Debout”.

He was a vocal advocate for repatriation of looted African artworks back to museums on the continent.


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