Wes Edens has been extremely active in the business world since the 80s. Edens first came on the financial scene by obtaining his B.S. in Finance and Business Administration from Oregon University. He co-founded Fortress Investment Group in 1998. Since then he has taken up an insane amount of leadership roles. In 2003 he was made Directo of Seacastle, Inc., a position which he still holds. he served as Chairman of the Board of Fortress from 2006 to 2009. It was also in 2006 that he was made Director of Fortress.
Wes Edens became chairman and director of Aircastle Ltd., serving in these capacities until 2012. In 2008, Edens became Director of Penn National Gaming Inc., holding this position until 2013. He was made the chairman of OneMain Holdings, Inc. in 2011, holding this position until this year. In 2013, Wes Edens became chairman of New Residential Investment Corp, maintaining this position until 2016. It was also in 2013 that Wes Edens became Director of Gaming and Leisure Properties, holding this position until 2016. He became chairman of Intrawest Resorts Holding Inc. in 2014, a position which he still holds. Read more about Wes Edens at Industrial Areas Foundation.
Earlier this year Wes Edens partnered with the Egyptian billionaire, Nassef Sawiris, to purchase a majority share of the English club, Aston Villa. The two bought the shares from the former majority stakeholder, Tony Xia, a Chinese businessman who bought the shares two years ago. The agreement was completed upon official approval of the EFL. Xia will remain with the team management. He and other team leaders are extremely excited about the future prospects of the team that at present has had a losing streak during the past two seasons.
Up until 2016, they had been members of the internationally revered Premier League for the past 29 years. After getting the boot in 2016, they were downgraded to the minor leagues.