Since Fortress Investment Group came into existence in 1998, the company has been the benchmark in the industry. Fortress Investment Groups started as a private equity organization. In 2007, the company was the first large-scale equity company to get public on the New York Stock Exchange which was a clear evidence that the organization is a trendsetter. Fortress Group is a differentiated universal investment management institution that controls assets worth more than $43 billion for 1,750 and above investors in permanent capital vehicles, hedge funds, and private equity. The organization has a solid strategy of ‘strong risk-adjusted returns’ over a long term for investors. The company has its main offices in New York and has more than 900 workers. The major principals of the organization include Randal Nardone, Wes Edens, and Peter Briger. The major areas of specialization of the company include:
- Capital markets
- Operations management
- Asset-based investing
- Corporate mergers and acquisition
- Sector-specific knowledge of institutions and organizations
The company’s asset-based investments are made through credit funds and private equity. These investments involve a wider diversity of assets such as capital, financial vehicles, and real estate that generate long-term cash flow. The company prides in estimating strategic, structural, and operational ‘facts on the ground’ when it comes to managing portfolios. In addition to this, the company has a vast experience in handling mergers and acquisitions. The company team understands well and have great friendships with a broad range of corporate stakeholders, management professional, corporate board member which has contributed to the excellent experiences. Moreover, all the employees of the company have world-class knowledge of the industry.
Wes Edens is one of the founding fathers and the current principal of Fortress. Edens is the private equity chief investment officer of the company. He invests in several industries such as real estate, transportation, infrastructure, real estate, financial services, and media. Before founding Fortress, Wes worked at BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. as a partner as well as the managing director. In addition to this, Wes Edens was Lehman Brothers managing director. Besides finance, Wes Edens is a fan of sports. With his partner, Nassef Sawiris the two are planning on how to buy Aston Villa Club.