Born October 30, 1961, Wes Edens is a businessman who specializes in being a private equity investor. He is the co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks but is probably most known for being the co-founder of Fortress Investment Group.
Before going to Oregon State University to receive his bachelors in business and finance, Wes Edens was a competitive skier. After graduation, he worked for Lehman Brothers for five years. While there, he was a partner and eventually managing director.
Wes Edens left Lehman Brothers to work with Black Rock for another five years, again as a partner and managing director.
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He and five other gentleman started Fortress Investment Group in 1998. People saw quickly that he could build businesses from his investments and both he and his company became very well-known in the industry. Indeed, Fortress Investment Group was the first publicly traded buyout firm in the United States, selling eight percent of the company for six hundred million dollars.
His company is also on the leading edge of modern technology, having created an e-sports team called FlyQuest. FlyQuest competes in the North America League of Legends.
Continuing his passion for sports, Edens owns two different sporting programs, including the Milwaukee Bucks and the Aston Villa, an English Championship football club.
Wes Edens doesn’t just live for work though. He is a family man to the core. He and his wife, Linda, have four children. He also enjoys extracurricular activities outside of the office, including mountaineering and horse jumping. These sports has been known to caused battle wounds, both mentally and physically for the billionaire.
Having just said the word billionaire, it is important to point out the Edens’ has a very giving heart. He has donated money to the tune of two point seven million dollars to companies such as Macalester College, GiveWell, and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Given his strong history in finances and giving nature, it’s no wonder Wes Edens has been successful in his endeavors. It will be interesting to see where else he plans to go in the future.