Sindika Dokolo who was born on 16 March 1972 has suddenly passed away today, October 29, 2020.
He is a Congolese art collector and businessman. He owned one of the most important contemporary African art collections, which includes more than 3,000 pieces.
On the 29th of October, Sindiko was reported as dead by multiple news sources. The death occurred in a sea accident, in the city of Dubai. He died at the age of 48.
He was brought up in Belgium and France by his parents: Augustin Dokolo, a bank owner, millionaire and collector of African arts, and his Danish wife Hanne Kruse. He attended the Lycée Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague in Paris from which he graduated; later he studied economics, commerce and foreign languages at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.
In 2002, he married Isabel dos Santos, the eldest daughter of José Eduardo dos Santos, former President of Angola. He and his wife are currently under investigation for obtaining their wealth by corrupt means, allegations they deny.
Sindika Dokolo is a businessman and the president of Sindika Dokolo Foundation.
He is member of the board of the Angolan cement company Nova Cimangola. Sindika Dokolo is also member of the board of Amorim Energia that owns a third of Portuguese petrol company Galp through the company Esperanza Holding BV.
In 2020, leaked documents indicated that Dokolo had made millions from a suspiciously one-sided partnership with the Angolan state diamond company, Sodiam, to buy a stake in Swiss luxury jeweller De Grisogono.
The art collector has also invested in various sectors, including diamonds, oil, real estate and telecommunications, in Angola, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Mozambique. In an interview with Jeune Afrique, he also stated that his aim is not “to build a large integrated group”, but rather to have the opportunity to see “Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo as a complementary complement” – “a Luanda-Kinshasa axis that could create a counterweight to South African supremacy”.