Wes Edens has been one of the most influential partners that ran the Fortress Investment Group. Working with four other business geniuses he began the company in 1998. The goal of the Fortress Investment Group was to be in alternative asset management company. As the Wall Street Journal reports, this company is one of the most highly creative it comes to investing. They look for creative ways that will bring in cash flow for the Fortress Investment Group over several decades. They wanted the Fortress Investment Group to be a company that was not afraid to take risks.Wes Edens was only 25 years old when he began the company. Being one of five principal partners his responsibilities for a vast for the Fortress Investment Group. Currently he acts as the principal founder as well as cochairing the board of directors.
Wes Edens is responsible for overseeing several sectors and departments within the Fortress Investment Group. Firstly, he is in charge of overseeing the private equity department. This part of the business manages over $6.5 billion. The majority of their investments has to do with transportation and infrastructure, healthcare, and media.Wes Edens is also responsible for operating the credit private equity department. This department manages over $15.1 billion for the company. This portions job is to oversee the real estate that the Fortress Investment Group owns. They are a highly diversified in this area owning both commercial and residential buildings. On top of that, they own a variety of shopping malls and apartment complexes. This provides them with a consistent income.
Wes Edens has also been in charge of overseeing the acquisitions of the Fortress Investment Group. He was the lead negotiator when working with the management firm from Japan. After much discussion, he was able to sell a nonvoting share of the Fortress Investment Group for $3.3 billion. He also was the lead negotiator when it came to selling a portion of the company to the public. 8% of the company is able to be purchased through the stock market. Current value places this 8% share at just over $600 million.Wes Edens does not only make his money from the Fortress Investment Group but also through his ownership of the Milwaukee Bucks. He also has expanded out into the electronic sports craze by purchasing the Flight Qwest team that is a dominant force in League of Legends.