Ogunlesi Adebayo

Adebayo Ogunlesi
Source: Sunday Times, London 2010

Adebayo Ogunlesi is a Corporate executive man and lawyer known for his extensive knowledge of the global investment banking and private equity sectors, acquiring London’s second largest international airport, the London Gatwick, with his Global Infrastructure Partners in 2010. Harvard trained Ogunlesi was born in 1953 to Nigeria’s first medical professor who hailed from Makun, Sagamu. He attended King’s College, Lagos and studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford, proceeding to earn law and business degrees from Harvard. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and was a lecturer at Harvard Law School, and the Yale school.

Adebayo Ogunlesi briefly worked as attorney to a law firm headquartered in New York after three years as the first non-American clerk at the American Supreme Court, under Justice Thurgood Marshall. In 1983 he joined First Boston, an investment bank that will be acquired by Credit Suisse in 1997. There, he spent a great deal of time travelling through emerging market countries where he supervised big deals among government and private interests. With the emergence of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), he was appointed by new owners to head the problematic investment banking division of the group, which he returned to profitability within a year by employing austere measures. In 2006, he became Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm that invests worldwide in niched infrastructure assets.