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,
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.
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.