Wesley Robert Edens graduated from Oregon State University. He later worked with California Savings and loans. In 1987, he joined Lehman Brothers as managing director and partner. Five years later, he joined Blackrock Financial Management and has taken numerous projects since then. He co-founded the Fortress Investment Group in 1998. With many achievements in his career, he is one of the most influential business moguls in the world. A dedicated family man, he cares deeply for his wife and four children.
Oregon State University, in 2009, awarded Mr. Wes Edens the title of distinguished business professional. It is a prestigious recognition by the university for alumni who had achieved success in business. He has demonstrated innovation and excellence in his field. He reportedly acquired more than 75% of Springleaf Financial Services’ stake for $125 million. Within less than half a decade, the company had grown 27 times or more. Consequently, the Wall Street Journal named him the new king of subprime lending.
In 2007, Wes Edens became a billionaire. He co-founded Fortress Investment Group. His team, with the help of Peter Briger, has since then enjoyed remarkable growth. It grew and started investing to hedge funds, distressed debts, and real estate. His knowledge and experience in debt management and hedge funds have seen the company grow its clientele significantly over the years.
Wes Edens has been a philanthropist. Donating more than 2.7 million over the years, he has shown his generous personality. He has funded Macalester College, Givewell, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and Chinook Charitable Trust, among many other organizations.
His love for sports stands out. He lists horse jumping and mountain climbing as his favorite activities. Wes Edens is a big basketball and football fan. He owns the Milwaukee Bucks alongside Mark Lasry. He invested in the team enormously, and the team’s fortune has been on the rise since they bought it in a 550 million dollar deal. He also purchased a big stake in the English football club, Aston Villa. Wes Edens has had a significant influence on the world at large and is admired by many.
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