Angola: People to watch in in 2012 - Carlos José da Silva, President, Atlântico
CARLOS JOSÉ DA Silva is president of one of Angola’s most successful banks, Atlântico (formerly Banco Privado Atlântico), which is partly owned by state oil company Sonangol. He is is also one of Angola’s leading local businessmen.
Da Silva is believed to be a close personal friend of Sonangol chairman Manuel Vicente and has also been tipped as a possible successor should Vicente leave the company.
Vicente is also a board member at Atlântico, which, with Sonangol, has shares in Millennium Angola, the Angolan arm of Portugal’s largest
listed bank, Millennium BCP.
Da Silva's other main business interest is as a shareholder in the Luso-Angolan-Israeli company, Interoceânico,
which in early 2011 announced plans to invest €75m in Portugal’s energy and banking sectors.
In April, Interoceânico bought a 1.95% share of Millennium BCP and in October announced that the two institutions would work together to launch a bank in Brazil.
With close links to the Catholic church in both Angola and Portugal, Da Silva helped organise the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Luanda in March 2009.