Wes Edens is the Chairman and Founder of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Edens founded the company in 1998 with Randal Nardone. He has worked as the Co-CEO of Fortress Investment Group since December 2017. His duties consist of publicly traded alternative investment businesses and private equity. He has multiple roles at the firm which he has held which include: Principal, Private Equity Chief Investment Officer, and Co-Chairman.He has a history of success in business which began with his education. Edens received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Oregon State University in Finance and Business Administration. He has a vast amount of professional expertise in the credit industry, private equity finance, and Edens has held numerous management positions in corporations.
Before founding Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens held positions in prestigious organizations in the business community. Edens worked as a Managing Director at Union Bank of Switzerland during May 1997 to May 1998. Moreover, he was a Partner and Managing Director at Lehman Brothers for over 6 years.Additionally, Wes Edens is an owner of the Milwaukee Bucks National Basketball Association (NBA) team. During 2014, the ownership group which was under the direction of Edens purchased the team for $550 million.
The Milwaukee Bucks have multiple expansion efforts underway which includes a new arena for the team. The Bucks will participate in the NBA 2k League, which will commence in May 2018. The Bucks esports team will be named Bucks Gaming. The team will have logos and apparel which are especially designed for them. Edens is regarded as a leader in the sports world. In addition to the Milwaukee Bucks, Wes Edens co-owns FlyQuest which is Proleague of Legends team with his son Ryan. The goal of the FlyQuest team is to have greater fan engagement. Edens leads the NBA esports committee.