Jeannine Mabunda Lioko has been one of the most influential women in the economic sphere and has built up a sizeable network of contacts.
She was Minister of state assets from February 2007 to April 2012.
Like her younger sister Chantal, the head of corporate affairs at Bralima breweries, she studied at the Institut Catholique des Hautes Études Commerciales in Brussels, Belgium.
Mabunda Lioko started her career in 1988 at Citibank Congo and was a protégée of President Joseph Kabila's right-hand man Augustin Katumba Mwanke.
While in office, opponents regularly attacked her for the controversial sale of state assets.
She has her own investments in the private sector and is a shareholder in Katanga Mining Corporation.