Wes Edens finished off his college education back in 1984 with a degree in finances. Following his academic success, Wes went on to work for several different financial companies over the years, steadily building up his experience. This includes companies like Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and California Savings and Loan. It only took Wes Edens a period of three years before he was getting managing positions, the first being at Lehman Brothers. By 1998, Wes thought he was ready for his own financial company and started up Fortress Investment Group with two other partners. Fortress Investment Group started up as a private investment company that focuses on alternative investments and they became public in 2007.
As a highly successful man in the investment industry, Wes Edens has had the ability to focus on some of his passions in life. More specifically, Wes has a passion for sports and in recent years he has taken to purchasing some of his own teams. Wes put a large stake in the Aston Villa, a soccer team. He currently owns the Milwaukee Bucks, a professional basketball team in the United States. Wes even owns an e-sports team known as FlyQuest for the massively popular online game, League of Legends. There are many more ventures out there waiting for Wes and he has every intention of exploring as many of them as he can in the coming years, especially sports related. To watch a video click here.
Fortress Investment Group was started up with only a few hundred million dollars worth of capital by Wes Edens, Rob Kauffman, and Randal Nardone. Today, Fortress has billions of dollars worth of assets floating around for investments all over the world and they are one of the largest alternative investment companies in the US. In 2007, Fortress Investment Group was able to purchase Intrawest, one of the biggest ski resorts in the country.