Wes Edens: Investment and Innovation Mastermind

Wes Edens is a co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team but is better known for his eSports involvement and innovative approach regarding a private passenger train. Edens boasts leadership roles within several companies, including Fortress Investment Group LLC and, most recently, Fortress’ brainchild, Brightline. Brightline seeks to solve traffic congestion problems that plague the freeways and highways of the United States. Brightline’s mission is to offer transportation alternatives between major cities that will offset the use of individual vehicles for trips that are of more moderate distances. At Brightline, Edens offers mentorship and wise decision-making as a Principal and Co-CEO and diligently builds trusting relationships with employees and other co-partners.

Much like Brightline, Fortress Investment Group’s employees can also proudly proclaim Edens as a colleague, mentor, and friend. Fortress Investment Group, founded in 1998, is one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers and is where Edens gained the bulk of his know-how. Not only does he manage aspects of private equity for Fortress and the up-and-coming innovation of Brightline, but Edens is also one of Fortress’ Co-chairman of the Board of Directors, Principals, and Founders. Although the firm was recently sold in January of 2018, Wes Edens plans on managing Fortress Investment Group LLC’s private equity business for an additional 5 years, where he presently works hard to ensure the efficiency of investments made in transportation, infrastructure, real estate, healthcare, media, and financial services.

Edens’ investment firm involvement did not begin with Fortress, however, as he first gained his business knowhow while earning his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University. Additionally, Edens is well-versed in private equity funds due to his experience spearheading BlackRock Asset Investors. Wes Edens provided leadership there, while simultaneously partnering as a managing director for BlackRock Financial Management Inc., where he utilized knowledge gained while previously serving in the same role while with Lehman Brothers.

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