Many have accused him of stealing state money during his reign. Dos Santos has been accused of accumulating her wealth using her family connections at the expense of average Angolans who continue to live in endemic poverty. She was later sacked by her father's successor. Her business dealings came to light after , pages of documents, known as the Luanda leaks, detailing the structure of her business empire, were recently exposed. She has claimed to earn money through her own merit and has cultivated an image of a hard-working businesswoman.
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But her wealth is the subject of mounting scrutiny. Sun 19 Jan F rom the terrace of the Miami Beach club, the sand stretches down to the Atlantic ocean. Waves lap the long shoreline of the Ilha de Luanda. On weekends, the bar-restaurant is full of wealthy drinkers and dancers who have driven over from Luanda, the Angolan capital, a few kilometres away. The Miami Beach club has been a fixture on the Luanda party scene for 20 years.
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How Western firms helped the daughter of Angola's former president siphon hundreds of millions from one of the world's poorest countries. The photo speaks to an image that Isabel dos Santos, the former first daughter of Angola, has spent years cultivating—that of an inspirational self-made woman whose glamour and foresight is matched only by her beneficence. Some, wittingly or unwittingly, helped enable the corruption. The Luanda Leaks, a major investigation published today by Quartz and dozens of other news organizations, in association with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ICIJ , reveal how dos Santos made much of her money through insider deals, preferential loans, and sweetheart contracts, all fueled by public money. The trove of more than , emails, contracts and other documents, was shared with the ICIJ by the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa, a Paris-based advocacy and legal group. ICIJ shared the files with more than journalists from 20 countries, who spent more than eight months combing through them and conducting hundreds of related interviews. Quartz members support high-quality, investigative journalism like this in a time when we need it most.
The Angolan Government has, since , been trying to prosecute Isabel dos Santos for past corruption crimes that may have led to Angola's ongoing recession crisis. However, she remains in exile in Portugal. She studied electrical engineering  at King's College in London.