Adebayo “Bayo” O. Ogunlesi is a Nigerian lawyer and investment banker. Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner at the private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ogunlesi was the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston before being promoted to Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman.
Ogunlesi went to King’s College, Lagos, a secondary school in Lagos, Nigeria. He received a B.A. with first class honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in England. In 1979, he received a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, which he pursued at the same time. During his time at Harvard, he was on the Harvard Law Review.
From 1980 to 1981, Ogunlesi served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Ogunlesi was an attorney in the corporate practice group of the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he had been a summer associate while studying for his M.B.A.
In 1983, Ogunlesi joined the investment bank First Boston as an advisor on a Nigerian gas project. At First Boston, he worked in the Project Finance Group, advising clients on transactions and financings and has worked on transactions in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. From 1997 to 2002, he was the Head of the Global Energy Group of the by then renamed Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). In 2002, Ogunlesi was appointed Global Head of CSFB’s Investment Banking Division. Also in 2002, he served as a member of Credit Suisse’s Executive Board and Management Committee. From 2004 to 2006, Ogunlesi was Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of CSFB.
In July 2006, Ogunlesi started the private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a joint venture whose initial investors included Credit Suisse and General Electric. He currently serves as Chairman and Managing Partner.
In 2006, GIP bought London City Airport. In 2009, GIP acquired the majority in London Gatwick Airport in a deal worth £1.455 billion. The Nigerian press has given him the nickname, “The Man Who Bought Gatwick Airport.” GIP also owns Edinburgh Airport, which they bought in 2012, and Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, which they bought in February 2018.
Ogunlesi has been married to British-born optometrist, Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi since 1985. They have two children.
Awards and honors
Recipient of The International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence.
- Harvard Business School: Member, Board of Dean’s Advisors
- Harvard Law School: Member, Leadership Council of New York
- Harvard University: Member, Global Advisory Council
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Member, National Board of Directors
- NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital: Member, Board of Trustees
- Partnership for New York City Fund: Member, Board of Directors
- King’s College Old Boys Association: Member
Works and publications
- Ogunlesi, Adebayo (1979). The Basic Human Needs Approach to Development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law School. OCLC 81062298. Submitted to: Professor C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr. [for the] Seminar: Legal Problems of the New International Economics Order (Harvard third year paper)
Net Worth Of Adebayo Ogunlesi
Looking at the portfolio of the investments of GIP of which Adebayo Ogunlesi is a shareholder in, you will agree that he is worth a fortune. as of 2020 his net worth is estimated to be $14.1 million dollars
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Quotes Of Adebayo Ogunlesi
“Professional success is about ability, hard work, and relationships. Who you know, and how you connect to them is an incredible determinant of how you would succeed.”
“Poor infrastructure not only inhibits economic growth but quite frankly, it stands in the way and affects the quality of the lives of the people in the continent.”
“Africa needs to recognize that it is in competition for investment capital.”
“Each generation of Africans faces a unique set of challenges that defines it.”
“…Use your entrepreneurial drive, uncompromising integrity, and a passion for excellence in everything you do, and apply all of those skills, talents and capabilities to address the challenges the continent faces.” Quote source