The co-founder and private equity chief investment officer, Fortress investment group, Wes Edens is a diversified investor with interests in, Real estate, transportation, infrastructure, healthcare and media. Before joining fortress, Edens was working at BlackRock financial management firm as managing director and a partner. In 2014, Wes, co-owned NBA league team Milwaukee Buck sports team at a price of $550 million and promised to build a new stadium to make sure that the team remains in Wisconsin.
Wes Edens made a historical move together with Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris to Co-own majority stake of 55% at English premier league side Aston Villa. Though Aston Villa premier was relegated from first division last on may 2018, after losing to Fulham football club lowering the chance of revenue collection, Wes is a resilient, optimistic character who believes in turning fortunes. His LinkedIn Profile.
Wes Edens and Fortress Investment Group purposes to offer transport solution through Brightline rail which is the first ever private train to opened to the public in America. The first journey was from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach which Edens personally launched. In May this year, Wes Edens extended the bright line train services to Miami. The trip to Miami has saved the American passengers hustles of driving for long hours, and within 30 minutes the high-speed Brighline train is capable of reaching Miami from Fort Lauderdale. The services include Porsche sitting chairs, refreshment and free Wi-Fi. The prices are customer friendly with a ticket going as little as $10 compared to other transport modes like buses at $40. The intercity train can move as high speed as 80Mph. According to Edens pipe dream, by the year 2022, the bright line train will extend beyond Florida and South Carolina
Wes Edens earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Oregon University. With this training, Wes has been capable of manoeuvring through turbulent financial times. For instance, after the world economic crisis between 2008 and 2009, he induced Fortress to acquire subprime lending firm Springfield Financial Services turning fortunes to trajectory levels. This performance made Wes to be named the new King of subprime lending.