Wesley R. Edens, Founder and Chairman of New Fortress Energy

 Wesley R. Edens is the co-CEO and co-founder of Fortress Investment Group, a company started in 1998. FIG is a world investment manager with about $40.9 billion of assets as per the records of March 31, 2018. Under the leadership of Wes Edens, the company has advanced and possessed infrastructure and transportation ventures across the globe. Besides, it started industry-leading commercial activities in entertainment, media, finance, healthcare, and real estate.

In 2014, Wes Edens initiated New Fortress Energy with a dedication to aid in hastening the globe’s transition to renewable and clean energy. Starting with the establishment of its initial Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Mumias, Wes Edens spearheaded the efforts to develop New Fortress Energy into world energy infrastructure commerce. He also oversaw the entire business and market expansion practices of the firm, including the Jamaica flourishing partnership to establish the first LNG terminal in the country, including transporting natural gas from the three facilities.

In 2014, Wes Edens became the co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, and spearheaded the efforts to bring a new NBA franchise ground to Milwaukee City. Starting this year, the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center which is worth $524 million is the showpiece of a go-getting development venture headed by Bucks ownership. The project will change 27-acres of typically unutilized property into a vivacious entertainment district.

Besides, Mr. Edens is the catalyst behind privately owned Brightline train which is also the only privately maintained and operated passenger rail structure in the USA. The project will link Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Apart from giving services to various commissions and professional boards, Mr. Edens is also an active philanthropist and a longtime supporter and trustee of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Foundation.

Prior to co-founding the Fortress Investment in 1998, Wes Edens was a managing director and partner of BlackRock Financial Management Inc., the firm through which he oversaw a private equity fund, BlackRock Asset Investors. A skilled and experienced man, Mr. Edens had before partnered with Lehman Brothers where he was also the managing director. The renown businessman pursued his education at Oregon State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Finance.

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