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Sindika Dokolo

Congolese businessman

Sindika Dokolo is ...


Born 16 March 1972 in Kinshasa
Died 29 October 2020 in Dubai
Age 48 years, 7 months
Cause drowning

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Democratic Republic of the Congo
Manner of death accident
Place of burial Brompton Cemetery
Mother Hanne Kruse
Spouse Isabel dos Santos
Occupation art collector and businessperson
Educated at Pierre and Marie Curie University and Lycée Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague

About Sindika Dokolo

Sindika Dokolo: The Congolese Art Collector and Businessman

Sindika Dokolo was born on March 16, 1972, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He was the son of Augustin Dokolo Sanu, a Congolese businessman, and Hanne Kruse, a Danish art historian. Growing up, Dokolo was exposed to the world of art through his mother, who worked at the National Museum of Kinshasa.

Dokolo attended school in Belgium and France before studying economics and management at the Université libre de Bruxelles. After completing his studies, he returned to Congo and began working in his father's business, which focused on the import and export of raw materials.

In the early 2000s, Dokolo began to focus on his passion for art and began collecting African art. He quickly became one of the most prominent collectors of contemporary African art, and his collection included works by artists such as El Anatsui, William Kentridge, and Wangechi Mutu.

Dokolo also became involved in the art world as a patron and advocate for African artists. He founded the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, which aimed to promote African art and culture and support emerging artists. The foundation also worked to repatriate African art that had been taken from the continent during colonialism.

In addition to his work in the art world, Dokolo was also a successful businessman. He founded the investment company, Sanu Holdings, which focused on the mining and telecommunications industries in Congo and Angola.

Dokolo was married to Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. The couple had three children together.

Tragically, Dokolo passed away on October 29, 2020, at the age of 48, in Dubai. His death was a shock to the art world and to those who knew him personally. He was remembered as a passionate advocate for African art and culture and a successful businessman who worked to promote economic development in Congo and Angola.


- "Sindika Dokolo, Congolese businessman and art collector, dies aged 48." The Guardian, 30 Oct. 2020,

- "Sindika Dokolo, African Art Collector and Son-in-L

About Death

On 29 October 2020, aged 48, with assets still frozen in Angola, Portugal and Netherlands, Dokolo died in a diving accident off the coast of Dubai.Although involved in controversy, the authorities coincluded that there was no criminal suspicion behind the death after reviewing the forensic report and listening to statements of the deceased’s friends.

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