There are millions of Nigerians who have gone abroad. Many Africans depart the continent mostly to either further their education or to seek greener pastures. The following have stood out, broken barriers and are today regarded as the most outstanding Nigerians who have risen up to the peak of their careers by succeeding against all odds. Today, we bring to you the official, non-disputable list of top two richest Nigerian Americans, as of 2018. They are;
Adebayo “Bayo” O. Ogunlesi
(born December 20, 1953) is a Nigerian-born lawyer and investment banker. Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner at the private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ogunlesi was the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston being promoted to Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman.
In July 2006, Ogunlesi started the private equity firm, GIP, a joint venture whose initial investors included Credit Suisse and General Electric. He currently serves as Chairman and Managing Partner. In 2006, GIP bought London City Airport. In 2009, GIP acquired the majority in London Gatwick Airport in a deal worth £1.455 billion. GIP also owns Edinburgh Airport which they bought in 2012. On the 3rd of December 2016, President Donald Trump announced Mr Adebayo Ogunlesi as his adviser. According to Forbes, Mr Ogunlesi’s net worth is $10.4 billion.
Kase Lukman Lawal
Nigerian-born Lawal is CEO and chairman of Camac Holdings Inc., an oil and gas exploration and refining company based in Houston, Texas. Since 1986, with a combination of hardcore business sensibilities and extensive African contacts, Lawal has built his family-owned firm into a billion-dollar business. Ranked number one in 2002 and 2003 on Black Enterprise’s prestigious list of the top 100 black-owned firms in America, Camac Holdings has offices throughout the world and employed over 1000 people. In 2017, Nigeria’s Kase Lawal with a net worth of $3 Billion – is America’s 4th richest black person.
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