Africa’s Richest Woman Planning Kensington Iceberg Mansion

A planning application to demolish a £13m Kensington house and replace it with a spectacular iceberg-style mansion has revealed that the owner is Africa’s richest women, Isabel Dos Santos.

Isabel Dos Santos is reported to have a personal fortune of £2bn, attributed to her business interests in telecommunications, media, retail, finance and the energy industry in Angola, Portugal and elsewhere. She is also the daughter  of the former president of Angola, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. The Daily Mail report says the former president and his family are the subject of claims that they benefitted personally from Angola’s vast diamond and oil wealth during his time in office.

The report says that Isabel Dos Santos, who is also a socialite with many celebrity connections, has been given permission to build a four storey iceberg mansion on the site despite objections from neighbours. It will feature an underground swimming pool complex and more unusual features including a walk in safe.

Iceberg developments involving deep excavations beneath London’s prime residential areas invariably cause controversy these days – no matter who is planning them. However, this particular one has prompted digging – and controversy –  of a very different type.

Source Daily Mail
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