Private equity investors are investors who directly put their resources in other companies instead of buying stocks. Usually, these investors buy the entire company. Also, they are some of the state’s largest owners of pension funds as well as endowments. Alongside being wealthy investors individually, private equity investors must possess viable investment skills for the particular business to be successful. Wes Edens has managed to cement his name on the walls of private equity investment. Over the past years, he has garnered extensive experience through working in different companies that have contributed to the wealth of knowledge he currently boasts of. Captivatingly, he is also the co-founder of Fortress Investment Group.
Fortress Investment Group
Moreover, Wes Edens is the co-chairman of the board of directors at Fortress Investment Group, an alternative investment firm that was founded in 1998. Until now, this firm has managed over $72 billion in assets. With its central office in New York City in addition to other offices across the world, the company has found a way to reach out to other clients from different economic forums. Thanks to the guidance of Wes Edens, this has been a strategy that has contributed to the growth of the company in various capacities.
Working at Fortress Investment Group
From the moment Fortress Investment Group was established, Wes Edens took over the realms of leadership in private equity business. Primarily, this department of firm invests in the industry of transportation, infrastructure, healthcare, and media among others.
In 2007, Wes Edens played a pivotal role in selling part of the company’s shares to Nomura Holdings. The deal was sealed at 15% of the entire shares, making Edens a billionaire at the time. In 2009, he was appointed the assistant chairman of the firm thanks to his dedication to revolutionizing the operating strategies.
Before founding Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens worked as a managing partner at BlackRock Financial Management Inc. After a few years of service, he moved to BlackRock Asset Investors as a private equity investor.
Softbank Retains Wes Edens
Recently, Softbank Group announced the completion of the acquisition of Fortress Investment Group. Surprisingly, the management decided to retain Wes Edens even as the management transitions to a different umbrella. This is a reflection of Wes Edens’ powerful legacy in the company. He has shown his consistency and charisma when dealing with serious investment issues.