Wes Edens: The Brains Behind Fortress Investment Group

Wes Edens is one of the most influential American businessmen. He is the Founder and chairman of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Founded in 1998, Fortress Investment Group is a leading, highly diversified investment management firm with over $41 billion of assets under management as of June 2018.

Thanks to Wesley’s leadership skills, Fortress has been able to build industry-leading businesses in healthcare, real estate, media, financial services, and entertainment, across the world. He has also helped the investment firm come up with cerebral strategies that have enabled it to penetrate new regions and crush the competition that comes its way

Wesley Edens is also the brains behind the Milwaukee Bucks, a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also owns FlyQuest and is a shareholder in English Championship club Aston Villa. Wes Edens is also the part of the team that built the Brightline, a privately owned and operated intercity higher-speed rail system in the United States. He is also the owner of the New Fortress Energy, a company he founded in 2014 to help fight global warming and accelerate the world’s transition to clean and renewable energy.

Early life and Education

Wes Edens, 57, is a son of a psychologist, and his mother is a schoolteacher. He attended the Oregon State University, where he received a B.S. in Finance and Business Administration in 1984. After his undergraduate studies, he got a job at a small investment bank in San Francisco. While working there, he met an old friend who encouraged him to consider Wall Street. He quit his bank job and moved to New York, where he landed a job at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

In 1993, he moved to BlackRock, where was appointed as managing director. After five years, he and his colleagues, Rob Kauffman and Randal Nardone, decided to branch out on their own to launch Fortress Investment Group LLC. Fortress is worth more than 3 billion today.

Wes Edens has a passion for entrepreneurship, leadership development, and education. He also likes skiing and rock climbs. He recently opened and world-class hotel called Caldera House.

Gareth Henry is a Businessman That has Worked Around the Globe

Gareth Henry has spent much of his life working in the financial industry so far and he has been very successful in doing so. In 2001, Gareth graduated from Heriot-Watt University with highest honors in statistics and actuarial mathematics. Following his graduation, Gareth found a position in the UK at the Institute of Actuaries. He also found a similar position at the Society of Actuaries which is located in the United States as well. In just four years, Gareth Henry had an opportunity to work at Schroders in London, England as the Director of Strategic Solutions, which is a leading global financial company.

Gareth joined up with the team at Fortress Investment Group in the middle of 2007, an alternative investment company in New York City that specializes in corporate debt and equity. To start out, Gareth was placed as the companies head of international relations for investors, working out of the company’s office in London. By 2013, Gareth was appointed as the head of global investor relations at Fortress Investment Group, though he moved on to the Fortress Liquid Markets department in 2014. To know more about him click here.

Today, Gareth Henry lives in the United States, in New York specifically, which is a move he made to take up a position at Angelo Gordon. At Angelo, Gareth is doing the same kind of work he did at Fortress Investment Group, overseeing international relations for hundreds of different investors. Angelo Gordon has a varied client portfolio and focuses on alternative investment strategy and management on the global scale. Lawrence Schloss, the former president at Angelo Gordon, stated that Gareth was a perfect fit for the company and he was hired as the CEO because of his valuable reputation and leadership skills. Gareth Henry has always been able to make good returns on investments, making him an excellent choice to improve return rates at Angelo Gordon.


The rise of Matt Badiali


Immediately after his graduation from Penn State University with an Undergraduate degree in Science, Matt Badiali enrolled for his master’s degree at the Florida Atlantic University where he majored in geology. After a few years, he was done with his master’s degree, and he went for his Ph. D, at the University of North Carolina. It was in 2004, while still at the University that he met a friend who introduced him to finance. His friend had a Ph. D, in the industry and was looking for a right partner to work with. After observing Matt Badiali for some time, he realized that Matt Badiali was the right partner he had been waiting for. It was almost impossible to get a person who had studied geology and finance at the same time. Therefore, the duo started working together as financial advisers for the people who wanted to invest in the natural resources sector.


The natural resource space was almost impossible for an armature; however good they are to predict the future trend in the same. Fortunately, enough, Matt Badiali has the science behind the resources and the financial know-how putting him high above the rest. From his recent post on his twitter handle, Mr. Badiali advised his fans to invest in the oil stocks before there is a surge in the market. From the analysis conducted by the hedge funds, there is a need for those who want to make a kill to invest in the oil stocks before it is too late. Compared to such time the previous year, oil had come out of the rally, and the prices rose by fifteen dollars per barrel.

Therefore, the hedge funds managed to build of their positions by investing in the same and sold off in summer. The same firm (Hedge Funds) started buying again, and they buy more and more with the most recent buy that began in July. According to Mr. Badiali, it is high time people buy the same because the analysis has already been done.

Currently, Mr. Badiali has a newsletter known as Real Wealth Strategist, published by Banyan Hill Publishing Company.