Adebayo Ogunlesi Biography, Children, Wife, Family, Net Worth

A member of Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Business School, Adebayo Ogunlesi is a prominent investment banker and lawyer who is currently the Managing Partner and Chairman of Global Infrastructure Partner. He occupied the enviable position since July 2006 and has been very outstanding.

Ogunlesi has also held several other positions, including as the Head of Investment Banking (2002 – 2004) and Chief Client Officer from (2004 -2006). Apart from his role at GIP, The banking elite serves as the head and Managing Director of Global Investment Banking at Harrisdirect LLC.

Here, you’ll get to know more about the Nigerian-born banker who’s internationally celebrated for brilliance, excellence, and impressive performances across the world.

 Adebayo Ogunlesi Biography

The investment banker was born in Makun, in Ogun State, on December 20, 1953. He was born to a Theophilus Ogunlesi (father), who was the first Nigerian professor of medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Born into a comfortable family of Yoruba origin, Bayo had a wonderful childhood and was enrolled at elite schools for his basic education. According to records, he attended the prestigious  Lagos-based college, King’s College, from where he proceeded to the United Kindom to further his education.

Ogunlesi eventually got admitted into Oxford University England to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economic. He was awarded a B.A with first class honors by the university at the end of his studies. He later applied at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School at the time to further his education. Bayo was admitted by both schools and later graduated with an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1979. While he was studying for his M.B.A., he served at the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore as its attorney and summer associate.

Three years later, he began to work with the United States Supreme Court’s Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall as his law clerk until in 1981 when he left. He was later appointed as an advisor in 1983 on Nigerian gas project by investment bank First Boston.

Adebayo Ogunlesi also served as the Head of the Global Energy Group from 1997 to 2002 and was later appointed as the Global Head of CSFB investment Banking Division in 2002 as well as a member of Credit Suisse’s Executive Board and Management Committee.

Along with some business associates, Adebayo is a pioneer member of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), which actually started in July 2006. Today, the private equity firm is doing well investment-wise. For instance, in 2006, GIP reportedly bought London City Airport as well as a sizeable share of London Gatwick Airport in 2009. The firm is also the owner of Edinburgh Airport, which it acquired in 2012.

To his credit, the Nigerian-born lawyer is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He has also taught at the Yale School of Organization and Management and Harvard Law School and was once listed as a member of Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum in December 2016.

A Lead Director, the investment banker is a recipient of an Award of Excellence from NNew York-based organization, The International Center.

Family: Wife and Children

Adebayo Ogunlesi
Ogunlesi and wife (Image Source)

Adebayo Ogunlesi is married to Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi, a prominent optometrist born and bred in Britain. The couple got married in 1985 and their marriage is blessed with two lovely children.

The industrialist’s wife was educated in London, where she also practiced optometry for some time before relocating to New York. The SUNY College of Optometry eventually issued her the necessary credentials to practice in the United States. Dr. Amelia is a trustee of the New York City Parents In Action as well as the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Apart from the information provided above, nothing else is known about Bayo’s family. The names of his children, as well as their bio, are not known to the public.

Net Worth – How Rich Is He?

Touted as one of the most successful and power African businessmen, Bayo, as he is fondly called by his friends, has made a lot of money from his fields of interest. After a thorough investigation, we found out that there are actually conflicting reports about his assets. However, one thing that stands out about his net worth is that it runs in millions.

See Also: Prof. Wole Soyinka Biography, Age, Children, Family, House

In 2012, Adebayo Ogunlesi was named as one of top ten Africans making waves in the business sector and considering his achievements from that time till now, it’s very safe to say he is on his way to overtaking so many African moneybags who are more popular than him.


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