Wes Edens, the shrewd American entrepreneur
Wesley Robert Edens, popularly known as Wes Edens is one very successful businessman in the United States. He attended the State University of Oregon where he majored in Finance and graduated in 1984. He rose in ranks in 1998 when he took part in the founding of Fortress Investment Group. Prior to that, he was a successful partner at the Blackrock Financial Management Firm since 1993 and previously a partner and managing director at the Lehman Brothers Firm from 1987. He is currently an investor in several industries including fiancé, real estate, healthcare, media, transportation and sports as well.
Wes Edens at Fortress Investment Group
• Wes Edens at Fortress Investment Group
In addition to being a co-founder of Fortress, Wes served the company as the chief investment officer of the private equity department. He performed his role tremendously so much that he was named the King of Subprime Lending in an article by the Wall Street Journal after the led Fortress in the acquisition of Springfield financial lending, Centex Home Equity Company among other subprime lender companies that played a major role in the success of the company.
Edens was also the co-chief executive officer and co-chairman of the company.
Wes Edens and the sports industry
• Wes Edens and the sports industry
Wes is a known sports enthusiast which would explain his interest in the industry. In collaboration with the Egyptian Billionaire entrepreneur Nassef Sawiris, Edens purchased 55 percent of the stakes of the British soccer club; Aston Villa. As the new largest shareholders of the club, Wes and Nassef have been named co-chairpersons in coordination with the previous principal, Tony, a businessman from China. Wes is determined to help the club reach its full potential by paying keen focus on its management, methods of practice and training and most importantly a keen and crucial analysis of its players.
Wes Edens has also been a successful co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team for some years now.
Wes and the transportation industry
• Wes and the transportation industry
Edens has played a vital role in the acquisition of the Brightline train. The train is the one of the privately owned and operated passenger rail systems in the United States. Brightline runs routes between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and has recently extended to magic city in the quest to provide passengers with a green and friendly form of transport.
The train is fitted in with power outlets, leather seats, USB ports, Wi-Fi, and food services as well. The success of Brightline is likely to lead to an increase in real estate prices in the areas it routes which means more accomplishments for Wesley who is also an investor in real estate.
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