Fortress Investment Group Co Founder Wes Edens

Wes Edens is an entrepreneur and former executive in the financial sector. He has been involved in the financial services industry for over two decades. Over the past couple of decades, Wes has worked at a few of the top financial services firms in the world. Along with being a professional working at top financial services firms, Edens has also participated in a number of charitable activities and in professional sports. He currently owns two major sports teams. After completing a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, Wes Edens began working in the finance industry as an employee at California Savings & Loan. He spent a couple of years at this institution to learn about the financial sector and get some entry level experience.

After a couple of years, Wes decided to pursue employment opportunities at Smith Barney. Edens worked at Smith Barney for a few years and built on his experience. He would then move on to become a member of Lehman Brothers in 1987. For six years, he was one of the top employees where he held a couple of vital roles in the organization. Wes Edens was one of the partners and managing directors of Lehman Brothers until leaving to pursue an opportunity at a new startup firm. Wes Edens joined BlackRock Financial Management in 1993 and served as one of its top executives. His experience at BlackRock Financial Management allowed him to gain even more managerial experience in the financial services industry. He would use this experience to help him start up his first business.

At the end of the 90’s Wes Edens founded Fortress Investment Group. His firm would specialize in investing in assets such as real estate and energy. The firm quickly became one of the leaders in managing a variety of assets for institutional investors. Today, Fortress Investment Group is one of the largest and most successful organizations in the financial sector. As an owner of two professional sports teams, Wes has been able to help them become more competitive. The Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA have become one of the league’s elite teams since taking over as owner. His English Premier League soccer team has improved and is in position to restore its past glory.


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