Sindika Dokolo

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Sindika Dokolo (2007)

Sindika Dokolo (born March 16, 1972 in Kinshasa , Zaire , † October 29, 2020 in Dubai ) was a Congolese businessman and art collector . He was married to Isabel dos Santos , the daughter of the former Angolan president.


Sindika Dokolo grew up in Belgium and France . His parents are the millionaire banker and passionate art collector Augustine Dokolo from the Congo and his Danish wife Hanne Kruse. He graduated from the Lycée Saint-Louis-de-Gonzage in Paris , later he studied economics , commerce and foreign languages at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris.

Sponsored by his father's initiative, Sindika Dokolo devoted herself to collecting African art at the age of 15 . In 1995 he decided to return to the former Zaire to work on the extensive family business activities, which consisted of at least 17 companies in various sectors (banking, animal husbandry, fishing, coffee export, real estate, consumer goods trade, transport, printing, insurance, mining and vehicle trade) . But the land fell into disrepair and business was lost. The companies were also nationalized in 1986 under President Mobutu Sese Seko . After the death of his father in 2001, Sindika Dokolo took over the remaining family interests.

From 2003 he was married to Isabel dos Santos , the eldest daughter of the Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos , and had three children with his wife.

He died on October 29, 2020 in Dubai in a diving accident.

Interest in art

Paintings in a public art market in Luanda

He later set up his foundation (Portuguese: Fundação Sindika Dokolo ) to promote African art and culture. The aim of the foundation is to create a center for contemporary art in Luanda, in which not only pieces of African contemporary art are exhibited, but also the conditions and activities are created which are necessary to integrate African artists into the international circles of the art world .

This was followed by cultural festivals in Luanda, and in 2006 an exhibition by the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia . Stir then caught in 2007, a very controversial issue (title: Checklist Luanda Pop ) on the Biennale in Venice ( Italy ). Sindika Dokolo had acquired, through an Angolan artist, from the widow of the German art collector and shoe manufacturer Hans Bogatzke - under very dubious circumstances - a collection of African art of over two decades of over a thousand paintings, videos and sculptures at a price of 600,000 dollars, more than that was three times its value. This was exhibited in Venice. There was no mention of the origin of the valuable pieces of African art, which led to greater irritation.

On January 25, 2009, as part of the 434th anniversary of the founding of the city of Luanda, a large exhibition sponsored by him was commemorated. The exhibition with photographs, paintings and other works of art was called Luanda Suave e Frenética . Many Angolan artists reflected on a "vibrant and smooth" city in various ways.

Business interest

Sindika Dokolo also carried out various business activities in Angola. He was a member of the board of the cement company Nova Cimangola . Dokolo was also a member of the board of Amorim Energia . He owned 40% of the company's shares, which he acquired in 2006 from the Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol for $ 99 million. Most of this sum was loaned to him by Sonangol. In early 2020, his stake was worth $ 800 million. It holds a third of the Portuguese oil and gas producer Galp Energia through the Esperanza holding company , which is owned by the Angolan oil company Sonangol and his wife Isabel dos Santos . In 2012 he acquired 75% of the Swiss jeweler De Grisogono through a holding company in Malta in a 50/50 partnership with the state-owned Angolan diamond company Sodiam . The purchase price came from Sodiam. De Grisogono filed for bankruptcy at the end of January 2020 due to indebtedness.

Sindika Dokolo lived in London with his wife Isabel dos Santos . He spent a lot of his time in Kinshasa , however, overseeing family affairs in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo , until a Congolese court sentenced him in absentia to one year in prison for real estate fraud in July 2017. He said the process was politically motivated.

In the course of another investigation into corruption, the court of the province of Luanda provisionally ordered the assets of Isabel dos Santos, her husband Sindika Dokolo and business partner Mário Filipe Moreira Leite da Silva (including EFACEC, Kento Holding, Santoro Finance) at the end of December 2019 to freeze and put under fiduciary management.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biography of Sindika Dokolo in Pitigrili ( Memento of March 21, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (English / Portuguese)
  2. ^ Sindika Dokolo
  3. Biography of Augustin Dokolo (en / fr)
  4. A coleção de arte contemporânea de Sindika Dokolo chegou ao Porto ,, from March 6, 2015
  5. Hanne Kruse Taabbel
  6. Art collector and patron Sindika Dokolo is dead. Monopol-Magazin, October 30, 2020, accessed on October 30, 2020 .
  8. Stern: Africa deserves better August 13, 2007
  9. ^ Die Welt: African Art in Venice, Merits of the Bogatzke Collection suppressed August 25, 2007
  10. ^ Artnet: Doubtful prestige for the Dokolo collection in the African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale November 2, 2007
  11. Klub-K on Nova Cimangola, Section 3 , April 26, 2010 (pt)
  12. Luanda Leaks: How Africa's richest woman exploited family ties, shell companies and inside deals to build an empire , January 19, 2020, accessed on January 31, 2020
  13. Global witness: Link between son-in-law of the Angolan President and the state oil company feed doubts about transparency March 15, 2010
  14. Isabel dos Santos' Diamonds and Husband , February 20, 2014, accessed January 29, 2020
  15. Jeweler De Grisogono files for bankruptcy amid Dos Santos scandal , January 29, 2020, accessed on February 1, 2020
  16. Angola's “Princess” is also leaving her mark on Switzerland , January 30, 2020, accessed on February 1, 2020
  17. Angolan president's son-in-law handed one-year prison sentence in native Congo , July 13, 2017, accessed on January 29, 2020
  18. Sindika Dokolo: Husband of Angola's Isabel dos Santos convicted of fraud , July 14, 2017, accessed on January 29, 2020 (English)
  19. Sindika Dokolo Condenado a 12 Meses de Prisão em Kinshasa , July 14, 2017, accessed on January 29, 2020 (Portuguese)
  20. Court takes assets of the richest woman in Africa , December 31, 2019, accessed on January 29, 2020