Wes Edens has established himself as one of the most prominent individuals in the business world. He is the co founder of Fortress Investment Group which is a leading asset management firm in the United States. For over three decades, Wes has been involved in the financial sector as a professional an executive and as an expert entrepreneur. As a professional in finance, Edens has been able to make significant contributions to some of the most successful organizations in the industry. Along with his career in finance, Wes has also branched out to professional sports where he has acquired both a professional basketball and a professional soccer team. Right before he began his career, Wes Edens attained an education by attending Oregon State University. Edens studied both business and finance and completed an undergraduate degree in both fields.
He used this educational background to begin his career. His first career experience was at California Savings & Loan where he spent a couple of years learning the financial sector. After leaving the savings and loan institutions, Wes Edens pursued employment opportunities at Smith Barney. For a couple of years, he learned more about the financial services industry and held roles that focused on client service. Edens would then join Lehman Brothers in 1987. For six years, Wes was one of the most prominent members in the organization. While working at Lehman Brothers, Wes served as both a managing director and as one of the partners of the firm.
In 1993, Wes Edens worked at a finance startup firm known as BlackRock Financial Management. For five years, he held his managerial roles and helped build the firm into a fairly successful one. However, he would go on to become an entrepreneur and focus his efforts on establishing his financial services firm. Wes Edens founded Fortress Investment Group in 1998 along with a couple of other professionals in the field. As the co founder of the firm, Edens was responsible for establishing the firm as a highly reputable organization in the field. Over the course of twenty years, Edens was involved in acquiring a number of investment interests as well as hiring top talent to help the firm grow and expand. Today, he is a member of the board of directors as well as its chairman.