Wes Edens of Fortress Investment Group Stakes His Claim in Sports and Transportation

Given his history with investments in the sports world, it is perfectly fitting that Wes Edens has claimed an enormous stake in a British soccer team quite recently. Mr. Edens, the current owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Nassef Sawiris, a successful Egyptian investor, combined their funds to chase the opportunity of having a majority stake in a soccer team with the potential to become a Premier League competitor very soon. The English soccer team in which Sawiris and Edens invested is the Aston Villa Football Club.

Fortress Investment Group’s chairman, co-founder and co-owner Wes Edens is also making his impact one the American public transportation system. The Brightline train is owned by Fortress Investment Group, and its services are designed to improve the journeys of its passengers. Although Florida is the first state to receive Brightline routes, Edens has declared strong interest in expanding Brightline by creating new routes in several other states.

His education came from Oregon State University, which is the school that awarded him his B.S. of Finance and Business Administration after he finished graduation requirements in 1984. Later, he would gain many years in the finance industry, starting at Lehman Brothers more than two decades ago in 1987. He quickly climbed his way up to the company’s position of managing director by 1993. Then, Mr. Edens joined BlackRock Asset Investors, and he stayed there until 1997.

In 1998, Fortress Investment Group was born, and it was due to the efforts of Wes Edens, Peter Briger, Randal Nardone and Robert Kauffman. Edens is one of the primary stakeholders of the finance company. Edens is known for looking into alternative options when it comes to where he decides to invest his money. This is also what Fortress Investment Group advises its many satisfied clients to do as well. His creative strategies for investing have drawn the praise and attention of the world-renown Wall Street Journal.