Wesley Robert Edens, alias Wes Edens is a financialist who has experienced massive success in his career including being a billionaire at a tender age. The genesis of his career was at California Savings and Loan before moving to Lehman Brothers in 1987, where he served as managing director and partner until he moved on in 1993 to join Blackrock. Here he was named partner besides serving as the Director of its child company, Blackrock Financial Management. Peers of Wes Edens describe him as a motivated professional who was goal oriented and had a soft spot for sports and outdoor activities. It, therefore, was no surprise that he would later purchase a basketball team, Milwaukee Bucks that plays in the NBA league. Wes Edens would later leave Blackrock for UBS, where he served as an executive managing director. Edens had gained enough experience working in high profile institutions, and he would partner with Robert Kauffman and Randal Nardone to establish Fortress Investment Group.
Fortress Investment Group is the company that Wes Edens is best credited for its success. Fortress Investment is a leading international investment manager with assets to the tune of $40 billion under their portfolios. The company is credited for coming up with creative ways to turn bad debts, risk and non-performing assets, into profitable investment portfolios. Under his leadership and his partners, they would list the company at the NYSE, making Fortress the first private equity company to go public. Consequently, he would become billionaires in the company’s IPO. According to Forbes magazine, Wes is ranked #962 in the list of the wealthiest people on the planet, with a net worth of $1.2 billion. Under the excellent leadership of Wes Edens and his equally able partners, Fortress would thrive and receive international accolades, resulting to its purchase by a Japanese firm, Softbank in the year 2017, a move that Wes praises saying that it was mutually beneficial. Today Fortress operates independently under Softbank and he continues to serve as the chairman of the board and staff administrative manager.
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Robert Edens is involved in philanthropic initiatives and he mostly donates money towards health, art, and educational causes. He is fully committed to several charities including, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Cardiac Wellness & Rehabilitation Centre, the Quincy Jones Listen up Foundation and many more noble foundations. He is also an avid outdoor lover and has climbed a number of mountains among them Pingora Peak in Wyoming and Matterhorn in Switzerland.