Wes Edens is the co founder, Principal and co chief executive officer of the private equity investment firm Fortress Investment Group. He co founded the firm in 1998 in order to establish private equity investment management for both private and institutional investors. Shortly after founding the firm would serve as part of the firm’s management committee. By November of 2006, Edens would become a member of the firm’s board of directors. Like the other members of the management committee, Wes has a specific department that he manages which is the private equity and publicly traded alternative investment business. Under his leadership, Wes Edens has helped provide guidance for the firm as well as building it into a highly successful financial services firm. Prior to co founding Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens would spend a number of years working at firms such as Blackrock Financial Management. While working at this firm, he would serve as the firm’s head of asset management.
This gave him valuable experience in terms of learning about asset management. As a high ranking executive at BlackRock Financial, Wes was able to also demonstrate his leadership abilities for financial service firms.Edens also worked at another high profile financial services firm known as Lehman Brothers. He began working at this firm beginning in 1987. While he was working at this firm, he would provide leadership, direction and strategy. He would also oversee many of the firm’s operations as well. Edens would eventually attain the positions as both partner and managing director. This allowed him to occupy a key role in running this highly successful investment firm. Outside of finance, Wes Edens is heavily involved in professional sports. He is the current owner of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.
As the owner of this team, he is responsible for hiring employees and management for both the business and basketball operations of the organization. While being the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, Edens has helped the team become a contender in the Easter Conference. As well as being a professional sports team owner, Wes Edens is also involved in rock climbing. This is one of this top hobbies when he is not working. In terms of his education, Wes attended and graduated from Oregon State University. At this college, he would complete a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration. This gave him the preparation he needed in order to pursue his career in finance.