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.