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Angolan autocrat's daughter Isabel dos Santos, 46, with '£1.91bn fortune' is revealed as owner of £13m Kensington home at centre of fury over plans to demolish it and build four-storey 'iceberg' mansion

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Isabel dos Santos, Nicki Minaj are posing for a picture: Isabel dos Santos, the socialite and friend to the stars who is also the eldest child of Angola's former president, pictured with Nicki Minaj © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Isabel dos Santos, the socialite and friend to the stars who is also the eldest child of Angola's former president, pictured with Nicki Minaj Africa's richest woman has been revealed as the owner of a £13million home in one of London's most exclusive areas that has caused anguish for neighbours.

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Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola's controversial former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, plans to demolish the house and rebuild it as an 'iceberg' mansion.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos holding a sign: Isabel dos Santos is the daughter of Angola's former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos (pictured), who has faced accusations of benefiting from the country's rich access to diamonds and oil © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Isabel dos Santos is the daughter of Angola's former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos (pictured), who has faced accusations of benefiting from the country's rich access to diamonds and oil She has been given permission to raze the property and construct a four-storey home in its place, complete with an underground swimming pool complex.

Mrs dos Santos, 46, also plans to install a hot tub, wine cellar, massage room and walk-in safe underneath the sprawling home in Kensington, west London.

a close up of a map: Mrs dos Santos has been given permission to raze the property and construct a four-storey home in its place, complete with an underground swimming pool complex (shown here) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs dos Santos has been given permission to raze the property and construct a four-storey home in its place, complete with an underground swimming pool complex (shown here) But the plans caused fury among wealthy neighbours, with one resident claiming the proposal would 'create resentment, divisiveness and poor community feeling'.

Harvey Weinstein, Isabel dos Santos posing for the camera: Mrs dos Santos, 46, is pictured with Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an Instagram post she uploaded © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs dos Santos, 46, is pictured with Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an Instagram post she uploaded

The revelation, unearthed by Finance Uncovered, that she owns the luxury home is likely to stoke widespread concerns about the origin of Mrs dos Santos' wealth.

Despite presenting herself as a self-made entrepreneur who rubs shoulders with the A-list elite, opponents have described her as the beneficiary of kleptocracy in Africa.

a brick building: Mrs dos Santos, 46, plans to install a hot tub, wine cellar, massage room and walk-in safe underneath the sprawling home in Kensington, west London © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs dos Santos, 46, plans to install a hot tub, wine cellar, massage room and walk-in safe underneath the sprawling home in Kensington, west London The majority of her nearly £2billion wealth was amassed while her father Jose Eduardo, 76, served as ruler of Angola for 38 years.

Critics of dos Santos claim he murdered many politicians, journalists and others during his spell in power.

a person standing posing for the camera: Isabel dos Santos with Rita Ora in 2017 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Isabel dos Santos with Rita Ora in 2017 He was also accused of monopolizing and exploiting oil and diamond resources and seizing control of almost all aspects of government power. 

Critics further claim his daughter Isabel acquired her own fortune by using her family's power to take stakes in firms doing business in Angola, where many people live on as little as $2 a day. 

a large white building: The property was paid for in cash through an anonymous company based in the tax haven of the Isle of Man © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The property was paid for in cash through an anonymous company based in the tax haven of the Isle of Man

Angola, a country of 18 million people, lies on the western coast of southern Africa and is rich in diamonds and oil. 

The country was wracked by 27 years of civil war which finally ended in 2002, leading to a huge jump in oil revenues from $3 billion in 2002 to $66 billion in 2008.

a group of people posing for the camera: With Amber Heard and Cara Delevingne at the Cannes film festival in 2014 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited With Amber Heard and Cara Delevingne at the Cannes film festival in 2014 Transparency International, the NGO that investigates government fraud, recently ranked Angola 165th out of 180 countries in its corruption perception index. 

Mrs dos Santos studied engineering at King's College, London, before opening her first business at the age of 24, a restaurant called Miami Beach.

Sindika Dokolo et al. posing for a picture: Despite presenting herself as a self-made entrepreneur, opponents of Mrs dos Santos (pictured with husband Sindika Dokolo) have described her as the beneficiary of kleptocracy © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Despite presenting herself as a self-made entrepreneur, opponents of Mrs dos Santos (pictured with husband Sindika Dokolo) have described her as the beneficiary of kleptocracy Amid rumours that she has invested in properties in London, it has now been revealed how she bought the Kensington home for £8.65million in 2007.

The property was paid for in cash through an anonymous company based in the tax haven of the Isle of Man. 

a person standing posing for the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited a group of people posing for the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

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