Wesley Robert Edens who is commonly known as Wes Edens or simplify Wes is a
self-made millionaire who began his career with California based Savings and
Loan firm. He also undertook temporary positions at Merrill Lynch and Smith
Barney. For a little over five years, Wes Edens worked with Lehman Brothers as
a partner and Managing Director. Later in 1993, he left the firm for BlackRock
and served at the same post as in Lehman Brothers. During his time in Black
Rock, Wes Edens coordinated the formation of his first private equity fund.
Early 1997, he joined UBS where he proficiently worked as the Managing Director
of its major affiliates.
Wes Edens likes running, mountain climbing, and social networking. His
passion for mountain climbing has made him climb Mount Matterhorn in the rural
area of Switzerland and the peaks of Pingora and Teton in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He
is aspiring to climb to the heights of Mt. Everest in the near future.
Wes is a wealthy 56 years with a net worth of at least $940 million and the
current co-owner and head of Fortress Investment Group. He graduated from
Oregon States University in 1984 with a B.S degree in finance and business
administration. After pursuing his career in various fields, he joined four
other principal partners and co-founded Fortress Investment Group back in the
year 1998. Wes can be described as an ambitious, creative, and financial expert
who coordinated the team and made Fortress a public payout firm by the year 1998.
By 2009, Wes and the team had taken the company public through the conventional
process of initial public offering. During the same year, the company sold its
8% shares to the general public for $600 million.
The massive success made Wes, and his partners became billionaires, Wes was
promoted to be the company’s co-chairman of the board of directors and worked
hard to save the company during the infamous subprime mortgage crisis. After
successfully restoring the shares of the company which had fallen below one
dollar, he was promoted to be the chairman of the Fortress Transportation and
infrastructure between the year 2015 and 2016.
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