Wes Edens is an American Born businessman that has been investing for the majority of his life and he is also the co-founder of one of the most popular alternative investment companies in the country, Fortress Investment Group. Wes started up Fortress Investment alongside Rob Kauffman and Randy Nardone back in 1998. For the past nine years, Wes Edens has managed the company as President and Chief Executive Officer, focusing heavily on the private equity department of the company. Wes Edens completed his education and earned his financial and business degrees back in 1984 and he found a position right away working as a partner at Lehman Brothers, which set a good tone for the rest of his career.
Before founding Fortress Investment Group, Wes was the managing director for BlackRock Financial Management from 1993 til 1998, when he founded his current company. With more than 10 years of experience already under his belt, Wes Edens has no troubles moving forward with Fortress Investment Group, especially since they acted as a private investment firm for the first several years.
Over the years, Wes Edens’ has expressed interest in many other areas of business and finance, but more than that, he enjoys getting involved in his own personal interests. For example, Wes Edens’ is a sports fan, which is why he purchased the Milwaukee Bucks, a professional basketball team in the US. He is also a part owner of the League of Legends team, FlyQuest. Perhaps his most ambitious project is the Brightline Train system, which is currently in development in Florida and aims to relieve the heavy traffic that congests areas around the state. To date, Brightline is the first ever private train system to exist in the United States and so far it has been received well, with plans to bring Brightline to new states in the future.