Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi, 56, acquires London Gatwick Airport (Page 5)

Date: 18-02-2010 8:27 pm (14 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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- ezzylife4real at 21-02-2010 08:08 AM (14 years ago)
that's good and am pround to be a nigerian................but of what good will that do for us here at home?Huh?Huh??? cause there are a lot's of airport here for he to buy and create employment for his people, when more than 70% nigerians are on the street looking for work and there's none!!!!!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 21-02-2010 08:08 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- spekay at 21-02-2010 10:39 AM (14 years ago)
Quote from: ARISTONWA on 21-02-2010 01:44 AM
let him inform us how l got his money(is via laundering through past govt. or through other means cos that man can't be good NIGERIAN).lnfact EFCC should do its work but within and without on all citizens...that guy must be apprehended,if not,why didn't he invest in Nigeria in order to reduce UNEMPLOYMENT? Or does he have political ambition in the long run,now he has employed dis guy to disseminate his msg of

Crap !
Writing as if you made the money for him .  Why do u dictate how to spend it
What explanation does he have to give you as if he is one of your politicians back home .
Take your vex go anoda place abeg .   the man don make am and i am sure he is not stupid   He knows what to do and what not to do.
If and when the time is ripe .  am sure he will put Nigeria in focus .   Investors like this  are shrewd and not eazily misguided

Posted: at 21-02-2010 10:39 AM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- olaseni at 21-02-2010 01:13 PM (14 years ago)
Proudly Naija...very interesting
Posted: at 21-02-2010 01:13 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- tangocash1999 at 21-02-2010 02:29 PM (14 years ago)
 Smiley would you like to send some good ideas to our leaders on how to turn that country round ? Nigerians are looking for a person like you to re-shape this God loved country. Sir, may the good lord continue to fortify your spirit.
Posted: at 21-02-2010 02:29 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- kcforeign at 21-02-2010 08:29 PM (14 years ago)
now the same people
Posted: at 21-02-2010 08:29 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- OLIET at 21-02-2010 08:59 PM (14 years ago)
Many may not see what is good in what he has done. But when one commited crime, a Nigerian, it is then we all know how important to do what he did.

Coming to the issue of many on the street, I believe that if we can be honest our street population will be reduced. This is one of the reasons that we saying that one must be selfless. If our leaders are selfless, they will put the main street first and themselves last.

Like comments made by many others, "of what benefit is that to Nigeria"? . Be a proud Nigerian.

I hope we all get it.
Posted: at 21-02-2010 08:59 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- ARISTONWA at 21-02-2010 10:12 PM (14 years ago)
What he has achieved has nothing to do with Nigeria,so let the Apostle of his like U Guys let him know his Country needs him within;if not,whether he's noted and quoted by Sky-Newspaper as the most promising world investor,it's tantamount to economic unpatrioticism,social mis-link and hope-effort de-service to mankind especially the young Nigerians like me....pls tell him.
Posted: at 21-02-2010 10:12 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- destinyebhodagh at 21-02-2010 10:21 PM (14 years ago)
God bless this man,who want to invest in a contry where there is no light,no roads a business man invest where he can make profit.
so dont blame him,may be he is the type that dont beleive in kick back.
Posted: at 21-02-2010 10:21 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- ARISTONWA at 21-02-2010 10:47 PM (14 years ago)
lf all of us run away from Nigeria cos there's no water,road,electricity,etc as u informed,then where do we believe the HOPE we said we've seen in Nigeria come from? Foreigners can't develop our country for us rather we'll do it.Let that guy do that in Nigeria or u guys should stop posting such article in this Forum..pls.
Posted: at 21-02-2010 10:47 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- adekunle_olaiya at 21-02-2010 11:26 PM (14 years ago)
Its a pity the gluttons ruling Nigeria will never discover and appreciate people like him till they jet out to foreign land to distinguish themselves. On a positive note, it is great Nigerians like him the outside world see and shake their heads in amazement. While on the other hand they hear of the likes of Abacha, the vacating president, the Abdul Mutallabs both foreign and local(Jos,Kano,Sokoto,Bauchi etc),the Nigerian billionaire association of ex and serving governors and they shake their heads again in AMAZEMENT. Nigeria I Hail Thee
Posted: at 21-02-2010 11:26 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- caseycute at 22-02-2010 12:22 AM (14 years ago)
am proud of him jare!! and he does not have to do anything to help Nigeria..he cannot save the whole Nigerian popn. and obviously buying the airport is an investment for him...he wldnt want to do something dat wldnt benefit him so i say buy where u knw ur gonna make profit...and dat place is not naija.

and if he is advising Nigerian govt about Privatisation and dey dnt wanna hear well dats too bad cos dis guy z obviously very educated...more so than our farmer ex-president n whoever d fcuk dat is dere now.
Posted: at 22-02-2010 12:22 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
- ojeje at 22-02-2010 09:17 AM (14 years ago)
nigerians are to 1dafu , i like that
Posted: at 22-02-2010 09:17 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- DASAMUELS at 22-02-2010 10:56 AM (14 years ago)
How very interesting, and thanks for letting us know who is who in Nigeria. My only issue here is that why did he not buy Murtala Muhammed Airport in Nigeria, why Gatwick in London.  What is his immigration status in the UK? Why not spend the money on Nigeria Electricity Takeover and the make sure all houses in Nigeria use electric pre-paid metre? - While I do not say there is anything so much wrong in his purchase, I just beleived that he could have extend his hands to the infrastructural needs of his Motherland Nigeria.
Well, good on him, maybe he will have a say where Virgin Nigeria lands at Gatwick.

Dr David Akin-Samuels
Posted: at 22-02-2010 10:56 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- Lammaheart at 22-02-2010 11:54 AM (14 years ago)
Hmmm u are mouthed!!!
Posted: at 22-02-2010 11:54 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- mumstick at 22-02-2010 12:39 PM (14 years ago)
Hm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Abeg sir,I get people wey dey find work. u go employ? Huh?
Posted: at 22-02-2010 12:39 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- Adekool4real at 22-02-2010 03:00 PM (14 years ago)
To God be the Glory........ at least we are proud of this great Nigerian...... something good is coming from my country.....
Posted: at 22-02-2010 03:00 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- Adekool4real at 22-02-2010 03:04 PM (14 years ago)
Glory be to God.... at least we can be proud of this great Nigerian..... God Bless my Country......
Posted: at 22-02-2010 03:04 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- kanayoobaji at 22-02-2010 03:28 PM (14 years ago)
Nice  dream and hard  work  there; But Mr bayo  should  please come  home a little  as  Nigeria  needs   such assistant  in our infrastructural development's projects.

more efforts  to  your development plan in  life.better thing no bi only  (oyebo white men ) the get am kwanu up.good  news from  Niger its only senators  looting funds  abroad  aah.
Posted: at 22-02-2010 03:28 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- yomzjoe at 22-02-2010 04:08 PM (14 years ago)
Kudoooooooooo to Ogunlesi. We're proud of you. @ Godfather1 You need to take your mind to a car wash so that it can be flushed!
Posted: at 22-02-2010 04:08 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
- byolatradesa at 22-02-2010 04:37 PM (14 years ago)
Quote from: nametalkam on 18-02-2010 08:27 PM

in as much as am happy that a nigeria is taking land mark steps my issue with this acquisition is what has he done to acquire something that our dear unfaithful federal government ios messing up in nigeria,PHC I believe if he bought this it will make a good buy and in fact it has been said that nigeria has the biggest black market ,and then what economic significance does this acquisition has on our economy .Baba adebayo ogunlesi,that huge sum of money could make a lot of difference in the lives of the so many unemployed bright graduates we have in nigeria please next time you decide to make such huge investments remember to give naija a good chunk at least our lives will get better ,thank you
A Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi, has acquired the London Gatwick Airport as the new owner. The Gatwick deal is a £1.455 billion agreement with BAA Airports Limited.

Ogunlesi, 56, is the chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent investment fund based in New York City with worldwide stake in infrastructure assets.

According to the report, Ogunlesi, the son of an 86-year old professor of medicine has presided over a great number of sweet deals that made him the envy of his peers abroad even if his forays into the brisk world multi-billion dollars deals are barely talked about in his home country.

GIP will be investing through Ivy Bidco Limited, a limited liability company registered in England, established for the purpose of making the acquisition.

Bidco will pay cash consideration of £1,455 million for the entire share capital of Gatwick Airport Limited on a cash-free, debt-free basis.

 Ogunlesi says the acquisition of Gatwick is a landmark deal for GIP and adds another quality asset to his firm's rapidly expanding portfolio.

He said, "we see significant scope to apply both our strong operational focus and our knowledge of the airports sector to make Gatwick an airport of choice."

 He began stacking up his big deals profile when he joined the top-shelf New York law firm, Cravath, Swain & Moore. It was at the law firm that he jumped at the chance to advise First Boston (which later acquired Credit Suisse in 1997 to form Credit Suisse First Boston or CSFB) on a hugely lucrative Nigerian gas project.

The success of that deal landed him his first big pay move to First Boston. For First Boston, he worked on project finance, brokering deals in which lenders finance assets like oil refineries and mines and are repaid with revenues generated by those enterprises.

Based in New York City and traveling to emerging markets, he built CSFB's project-finance business into the world's best, in part by encouraging corporations and governments to tap public debt markets in addition to commercial lenders.

His teacher while at King's College, Lagos, J. Namme, said that Bayo, as he is fondly called, loves getting things done. Perhaps, the London Gatwick Airport acquisition best underscores his desire to get things done and in the big way too. The Gatwick deal illustrates his global influence in infrastructure assets deals.

  Ogunlesi has lived in New York for 20 years and is active in volunteer work. But he also cultivates his ties to Africa. He informally advises the Nigerian government on privatisation. And last summer Manute Bol, former NBA center, visited Ogunlesi in his Park Avenue office, seeking donations for a charitable foundation in former basketball star Manute Bol's homeland, Sudan.

Ogunlesi walked Bol around the hallways, introducing him to junior staff. It was just another day in the Bayosphere.

 Prior to his current role, he was executive vice chairman and chief client officer of Credit Suisse, based in New York. He previously served as a member of Credit Suisse's Executive Board and Management Council and chaired the Chairman's Board. Previously, he was the Global Head of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. Since joining Credit Suisse in 1983, Ogunlesi has advised clients on strategic transactions and financings in a broad range of industries and has worked on transactions in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Ogunlesi attended the prestigious King's College, Lagos. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He was a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School.

Ogunlesi, whose father was the first Nigerian-born medical professor, studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and then earned law and business degrees from Harvard. In the US, he is known as the Nigerian who clerked for late Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, who they say was unable to pronounce his name and quickly dubbed him Obeedoogee. Colleagues and friends call him Bayo.

Source: Thisday newspaper
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Posted: at 22-02-2010 04:37 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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