Nigerians have taken to social media to appreciate and celebrate business mogul, Adebayo Ogunlesi. He is a lawyer, investment banker and currently the Chairman and Managing Partner of the private equity firm – Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).
GIP acquired the London City Airport in 2006 which they sold in 2016. They also acquired Gatwick Airport, Uk’s second largest airport in 2009 under the leadership of Adebayo Ogunlesi earning him the title “the man who bought Gatwick,”
In 2016, he became the first and only African and Nigerian to be appointed into Trump’s economic advisory council which was later dissolved in 2017.
Ogunlesi was the sole reason why there was a vacancy at the World Bank presidency in 2019 after luring President Jim Yong Kim to abruptly resign on Jan 7, 2019 with an “offer he couldn’t refuse.”
His name became a trending topic of social discourse again because Burna Boy made reference to him in his song “Wonderful”.
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) June 25, 2020
Nigerians in awe of the business magnate took to Twitter and listed his achievements.
See the posts below:
Adebayo Ogunlesi is the Chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, the owners of Gatwick Airport (Europe's ninth busiest airport) and Edinburgh Airport.
He joined Goldman Sachs' Board of Directors in 2012.
He is the Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston. pic.twitter.com/fPKr0gvo9J
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) June 26, 2020
In case you're wondering who Burna Boy mentioned on "Wonderful".
"As I dey hustle like Adebayo Ogunlesi, No go talk say me I too lazy."
Here's Adebayo Ogunlesi, owner of Gatwick Airport, the 2nd busiest airport by total passenger traffic in the UK & 9th busiest in Europe.
— Burna Boy
(@EverythingBurna) June 25, 2020
Adebayo Ogunlesi has been on my radar for over 5 years, he is a silent billionaire and a Nigerian an investment banker based in the UK he has many awards and economic recognition across the world pic.twitter.com/x1JKTStBuH
— Perfect Gentleman
(@Don_kingdimeji) June 26, 2020
LION DEY BORN LION
What if y’all know that Adebayo Ogunlesi Father is Emeritus Professor Theophilous Ogunlesi who happens to be Nigeria’s first Professor of Medicine and an indigene of Sagamu-Remo, Ogun State…
PS: The Professor just clocked 96 and he’s hale and hearty
— Enugu Cake Hub (@NoblePreciousC1) June 26, 2020
Adebayo Ogunlesi is from Ogun state. Ogun state has the richest people in Yorubaland.
— IFA FUNSHO (@funshographix) June 26, 2020
For the records, Adebayo Ogunlesi is the Chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, the owners of Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport.
As at 7th May 2020, he was worth at least $14.2 Million dollars
Burnaboy did not just mention him for frivolity.
He is worth the mention pic.twitter.com/PhMDmV4GRH
— sexylizzy (@HealthMond) June 26, 2020
See, don’t mean to sound weird but I’m super shocked folks don’t know who Adebayo Ogunlesi is. Can’t be real.
Anyway cheers to Burna Boy for teaching. Last time it is Unilever. Now this
— Moe (@Mochievous) June 26, 2020
— Roman_Gray (@papitto_sucre) June 26, 2020
(@debolaadebanjo_) June 25, 2020
This Nigerian billionaire, Adebayo Ogunlesi, was the sole reason why there was a vacancy at the World Bank presidency in 2019 after luring President Jim Yong Kim to abruptly resign on Jan 7, 2019 with an "offer he couldn't refuse." pic.twitter.com/MJ7JELh3ao
— Facts About Africa (@OnlyAfricaFacts) June 26, 2020