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.