Wes Edens is a businessman who once dreamed of managing his own financial company. He graduated from the Oregon State University, taking up a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Finance and Business Administration. Knowing that his career would revolve around the financial and business sector, he started looking for a job at the top financial institutions in the country. After sending his resume to dozens of companies across the United States, The Lehman Brothers started contacting him, offering him a job as a managing director. He accepted the offer and began his career in the financial sector back in the year 1987.
Wes Edens started to know more about how a financial and investment firm works, and he also learned a lot of techniques based on his observation. He memorized these techniques by heart, hoping that he could also use it someday. He worked with the Lehman Brothers for six years, before he decided to quit and looked for a new job. In 1993, he was hired by the BlackRock Assets Investors, and he was given the position as a managing director, the same job title that was given to him at the Lehman Brothers. He met Rob Kauffman and Randal Nardone when he was an employee at the BlackRock Assets Investors, and together, the three planned to establish their financial and investment firm.
Wes Edens resigned from the BlackRock Assets Investors, and he joined the other three in establishing their own business. They named their new company as the Fortress Investment Group, and it was launched in 1998. It was difficult for them to manage an investment firm at first because they would have to get the trust of their clients. The three founders never surrendered, and they managed to get their first set of clients who will be working with them to success. Wes Edens and his colleagues have a great insight on how to manage their clients’ assets, and because of their impressive work, their clients started to refer them to other people, and their client base grew. From managing a few million dollars, the company is now known to handle $65 billion worth of assets.Aside from managing the Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens is also known for managing sports teams, like the Milwaukee Bucks that is playing for the NBA, and the FlyQuest team that is playing for the League of Legends, an online MMORPG game.
Wesley Robert Edens, chairman and Co-Founder of Fortress Investment Group, is an American billionaire investor who amassed good wealth that saw him join the top 1000 list of the world’s wealthiest people. In 2007, he appeared as the 297th in the Forbes’ list of top 400 wealthiest Americans. A year later, Wes was listed as the 962nd in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people.Before joining the corporate world, Wes Edens pursued his studies at the Oregon State University and graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Afterwards, he worked in numerous organizations, holding various influential positions.
Wes Edens became the CEO of his co-founded Group, Fortress Investment Limited in April 1998, a position he served in till July 2003. Currently, Wes holds various positions at Fortress. He has been the principal, Private Equity Chief Investment Officer, Head of the Private Equity, the President of Private Equity, and the Co-Chairman of Fortress from August 2017. From December the same year, he has also been serving as the firm’s co-Chief Executive Officer. While at Fortress, Wes Edens has been responsible for the publicly traded alternative investment and private equity business.
As an experienced employee and administrator, Wes Edens has considerably stretched his career achievements to other firms as well. He is currently the Newcastle Investment Holding LLC’s Chief Executive Officer and its Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is the Trustee, United States Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation. Wes became a member of Drive Shark Inc where he has been serving as the chairman since 2002. In 2008, he became the chairman of the Board of Directors of Florida East Coast Holdings Corp. He still holds that position to date. In 2010, Wes became the chairman of the Board of Directors, both for Springleaf Finance Corporate and Springleaf Finance, Inc.In the past years, Wes also served in other organizations at various capacities. From June 2002 to February 2007, he was Newcastle Investment Holdings’ CEO. He also served at Eurocastle Investment Limited as the Chief Executive Officer from October 2002 to April 2006.
With less than six months to go until the 2018 Midterms, the importance of the End Citizens United PAC to the cause of Democrats and independent voters is being shown on a regular basis. As the organization established in 2015 as a traditional PAC limiting donors to just $5,000 in donations per election cycle is endorsing progressive candidates it is also looking to highlight the illegal use of funds by candidates at all levels.End Citizens United has looked to target the constituencies of some of the biggest names in the GOP including Ted Cruz who is being challenged by little-known Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Despite his message of election finance reform not being heard in Texas on a regular basis, the first Democrat endorsed for the 2018 Midterms has cut the gap between himself and the former Presidential candidate to single digits in recent polls.
To back the calls of End Citizens United and Beto O’Rourke for a change in campaign financing, the candidate has raised an impressive $6.7 million in the first three months of 2018 with none of the money raised provided by so-called dark money sources. Alongside providing Democrats and reform-seeking candidates with a large amount of support and funding, End Citizens United are also monitoring the campaign activities of many Republican candidates. One of those recently highlighted by the PAC headed by Tiffany Muller from its Washington D.C. headquarters is former Florida Governor Rick Scott.
The Governor is seeking election to the Senate in 2018 and has been accused by Muller and her team of illegally channeling funds from the New America Super PAC created by Scott to support the work of President Trump.In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission, the PAC explains its view Scott is using funds from the New America Super PAC to fund his own Senate bid in a clear violation of the rules regarding election funding. By bringing the case of Rick Scott’s election finance rule breaking to light, End Citizens United is showing it will not stand by and allow members of the GOP to act as if they are above the law.
Sean Penn’s literary debut earlier this year has had reviewers and readers alike scratching their heads about how exactly to receive it. Bob Honey Who Just do Stuff is the tale of one Bob Honey, a reclusive divorcee who works in waste management in suburban California while also operating as a secret agent tasked with assassinating the elderly. Through the one-hundred-sixty-page book, Bob Honey has the opportunity to interact with and comment on Penn’s version of modern America—from partying with an El Chapo stand-in aboard the drug dealer’s yacht, to writing a scathing letter to “Mr. Landlord,” the president of the United States.
For the USA Today, Penn’s stylistic choices overshadow the story of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff; both his “addiction to alliteration” and his verbosity are hurdles they see getting in the way of some readers getting through his tale. Entertainment Weekly labels Penn’s prose as “sticky and overwrought.” Moreover, both sources find that it can be difficult to separate Bob Honey from the writer himself, especially given what the sources see as a thin layer of satire pervading the tale. Both are Baby Boomers and the USA Today sees the novel as Penn’s “loud, angry, absurdist response to the state of the world.”
Bob’s letter to “Mr. Landlord” works toward emasculating the president and references various real-world situations in the effort. The epilogue consists of a poem that touches on various current issues: the shooting in Las Vegas, the #MeToo movement, and the tension between the U.S. and North Korea. The poem criticizes the nature of the movement as “infantilizing” and “reckless,” and touches on a topic that is personal to Penn. Both Madonna and Lee Daniels accused Penn of assault during their marriages, though both recanted their accusations.
Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff touches on controversial and heated topics and has thus split readers about how to interpret it and on how it reflects on Penn himself. But Penn had expected this: “Some people, I think, will really enjoy it, others will loathe it. And… and that really is what I’d like to say about me, you know?”
Jacob Gottlieb is the Chief Investment Officer of Visium Asset Management which is a healthcare hedge fund until the year 2016 when a scandal erupted, but he survived that wave and continued serving in the same position. The fact that he was found innocent while the rest of his workmates went down speaks volumes about him as an honest and disciplined as well as dedicated person in his work. Before that position, he was a partner at Balysany Asset Management and before that he served as an investment portfolio manager at Merlin Financial. In that case, his history is abundant in the field of investment which he seems to take an interest in undoubtedly. He developed an interest in the area of investment at a young age and in seventh grade, he won a stock assortment competition in school. He attended the Brown University where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Doctor of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Additionally, he completed his internal medicine internship at St. Vincent hospital. Having ventured into both the fields of medicine and finances, Jacob Gottlieb finds them similar in that those involved take a lot of risks to achieving their objectives and that has made him successful in his endeavors.
Beyond work, Jacob Gottlieb takes interest in giving back to the community and he therefore plays a crucial role in the Covenant House which is an international organization that helps and protects children. He contributes towards the services offered by the organization which include health care, education, drug abuse treatment and prevention as well as legal services. Being a privately funded agency, it means that Jacob Gottlieb contributes largely financially individually to keep it running. Surprisingly, he as well takes interest in baseball as a sport and he has at some point traded baseball cards which is also a pathway for his discovery of investing. Additionally, he was courageous enough to sell beverages to golfers using a wheel cart which depicts his resilience in achieving his set goals in the entrepreneurial world. Right from the word go, Jacob Gottlieb knew what he wanted to do in his life which is evident with when he left Sanford C. Bernstein & Co to pursue his career as a healthcare portfolio manager. By so doing, he took a risk but was confident that it was going to work out for him and his plans.