Meet Adebayo Ogunlesi, a distinguished Nigerian lawyer and investment banker, widely recognized for his pivotal role as the chairman and managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Born on December 20, 1953, in Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria, Ogunlesi hails from the esteemed Yoruba ethnic group. His father, Theophilus O. Ogunlesi, was a trailblazing figure as the first Nigerian professor of medicine at the prestigious University of Ibadan. Today, we delve into the inspiring journey of Adebayo Ogunlesi, highlighting his early life, education, and illustrious career.
Adebayo Ogunlesi Early Life and Education:
Adebayo Ogunlesi’s academic journey began at King’s College, Lagos, before he pursued higher education at Oxford University in England. There, he achieved a B.A. with first-class honors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Furthering his pursuit of knowledge, Ogunlesi earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, followed by an M.B.A. from the renowned Harvard Business School.
Adebayo Ogunlesi Career Highlights:
Throughout his career, Adebayo Ogunlesi has held esteemed positions, including serving as a law clerk to Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. His exceptional skills and dedication saw him rise to the position of Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he previously headed Global Investment Banking.