Wes Edens’ Impact through Financial Industry

At age 56, Wes Edens has Co-founded his own company, owned a professional basketball team, and made the Forbes Billionaire list. With the hard work and drive he has, these tasks weren’t just given to him.Born October 30, 1961, Wes Edens resides in New York City. Beforehand, he attended Oregon State University and received his B.S. in Finance and Business Administration in 1984. Entering the workforce, Wes Edens was employed at Lehman Brothers in 1987 and became a partner and managing director. He then moved to BlackRock’s private equity BlackRock Asset Investors as a partner and managing director until 1997.

In 1998, Wes Edens co-founded Fortress with five other principals, including Randal Nardone, which eventually became one of the top management firms in the country. These principals were able to expand the company into a billion-dollar company making the Co-founder ranked 297 in the Forbes Billionaire list.Not only has Wes Edens been involved with Fortress Investment Group, he also co-owns the NBA team, Milwaukee Bucks, who have been one of the main events in the state of Wisconsin featuring talents like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Kris Middleton, and many others. Apart from the Bucks, the co-owner has his own eSports team through Fortress. In 2017, Fortress announced their creation of a professional video gaming team called “Fly Quest”.

The team includes the game League of Legends competing in the North American League of Legends Championship Series. Also, the employee ratings at Fortress, have received great opinions. Employees feel like they are being pushed and challenged to reach their full potential at the company. Along with the motivation to work, employees feel that the management is excellent as far as keeping the relationship strong while in the workplace. This kind of atmosphere has brought less turnover and high performance toward consumers. Learn More.