American businessman Wesley (Wes) Edens is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New York City-based powerhouse investment management firm Fortress Financial Group. Wes Edens is also the co-owner of the National Basketball Association’s Milwaukee Bucks based out of Wisconsin. Wes acquired an outstanding background in the areas of business administration and finance while studying at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. After his 1984 graduation, he embarked on the start of what was to become a highly successful entrepreneurial career. Wes Edens worked with the financial services firm Lehman Brothers from 1987 to 1993 where he served in the role of managing director and attained status as a partner. From 1993 he held the same positions in the private equity division of investment management firm Blackrock and more
It was in 1998 that Wes made the move that would truly come to define his legacy in the business world. Along with four other partners he co-founded Fortress Investment Group. Under his expert leadership, the firm has become one of the most successful alternative investment management companies in the world. This was largely due to Wes’s unique and unconventional style that was ideally suited for creating highly successful business ventures out of investments. Wes Edens has in recent years guided Fortress Investment Group successfully into the realm of subprime loans. The bold move on the part of Edens and his team at Fortress has paid off in huge returns.
Wes Edens has also helped to cultivate an outstanding company culture during his time at Fortress Investment Group. From entry-level employees to those who have been with the company for years and have worked their way up the ranks, the company’s employees consistently rank the firm as an outstanding place to work. Employees at the firm typically report how great it is to work in a firm that is filled with some many financial experts. The amount of knowledge that is passed down from the established employees of the firm down to entry-level employees is quite impressive.
Wes Edens is also a very passionate sports fan as well as a successful sports owner. Wes has been a co-owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks since 2014 and has recently expressed his excitement at the upcoming opening of the team’s long overdue new arena. Wes had a big part in the overall design and concept behind the new arena and plans to make it a true destination for basketball fans, much in the same way the Green Bay’s Lambeau Field has been for many years.