Wes Edens has a solid track record of business success behind him. He has worked with some of the most prestigious investment firms in the world including Black Rock Management and Lehman Brothers.
In 1998, Wes Edens became one of the co-founders of a new company called Fortress Investments. This was an alternative investment company that offered investment funds to its clients. The company also invests in a number of areas including in the field of real estate. Fortress Investments was the first hedge fund company that made an initial public offering in the stock market. The company was eventually purchased by SoftBank. However, Wes Edens maintains his role as one of the principles of the company.
In addition to his work with Fortress Investments, Mr. Edens is an investor in the only privately held passenger rail service in the United States. Brightline is a train service that is designed to connect passengers between the cities of Orlando and Miami. After this initial route is laid out and viewed to be a success, Brightline hopes to add service to Jacksonville and to Tampa. Eventually, Wes Edens believes the Brightline concept may be used in areas of Texas and Georgia.
Wes Edens loves sports, and he has made significant investment in two teams. He is the co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks NBA team. The team has made a significant investment in a new arena, and the city of Milwaukee has a new pride in its team under Mr. Edens’ ownership.
Recently, Mr. Edens joined with Nassef Sawiris to buy a 55 percent stake in the Aston Villa Football Club based in the United Kingdom. The stake was purchased at a price of nearly $40 million.
Right now, Aston Villa is playing in the Champions Division that is one division below the world-class Premiership. With additional investment in the club, it is hoped that Aston Villa can win promotion to the Premiership at the end of the current season.
Mr. Edens has his hands in a lot of different endeavors. He has a track record of success in what he sets his mind to.