Wes Edens, co-chairman and founder of Fortress Investment Group, graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon in 1984. He went on to work with California Savings & Loan and worked for short amounts of time at both Merril Lynch and Smith Barney before joining Lehman Brothers in 1987. He was a managing director and partner at Lehman Brothers from 1987 – 1993. He went on to become a managing director and partner at BlackRock Financial Management, Inc where he headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund. View Wes Edens’s profile on Linkedin
Wes Edens co-founded Fortress Investment Group in 1998 and has been a member of the management committee since then. He has been a board member since November of 2006 and has been co-chairman of the board since 2009. He is responsible for Fortress’s private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses.
Beyond investing, Wes Edens is an avid sports fan and is co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, an NBA franchise, based out of Milwaukee, WI. He has co-owned the team long with Marc Lasry since 2014. The team is now worth nearly double what they put in as their original purchase investment. He also, along with Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris, recently purchased the majority share in the English soccer club, Aston Villa.
In 2017 Wes Edens announced that he, along with Fortress Investment Groups, was forming a new eSports franchise called Flyquest. A team was put together to compete in North America’s League of Legends Championmore: ship. Mr. Edens, along with the entire Flyquest franchise, expect to lead the gaming industry, institute pioneering gaming practices, and help eSports grow in popularity around the world.
Wes Edens, financier, and sports enthusiast, is also a philanthropist with a history of giving to the educational, health, and art communities. He has given over 2.7 million to various institutions in his lifetime.