Wes Edens is an entrepreneur and executive in the financial services industry. He is the co founder, chairman and co chief executive officer of Fortress Investment Group. In 1998, he founded the firm in an effort to meet the needs of private equity securities investors. Edens helped build the firm into an all around financial services firm that meets the needs of both institutional and individuals investors. Before he became an entrepreneur, Edens worked at a few investment banking firms including BlackRock Financial. While at this firm, he would serve as its managing director for a number of years. Edens attended Oregon State University where he would study business administration. He would graduate in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in this field.
At the beginning of his career, Wes Edens would begin working in the financial services industry. During the early stages of his career, he would work in a number of roles that would prepare him for upper level management positions later on in his career. Edens would use this time to learn the financial services industry and gain practical experience. While working in lower to mid level positions, he would become proficient at learning how these firms operate, how they are managed and also what products help clients manage their assets and more efficiently oversee their capital.
Later on in his career, Wes Edens would begin working at BlackRock Financial. While he was a member of this firm, he would work in upper level management. One of the positions he held while at this firm was managing director. He would provide administration of the firm as well as help it gain new client accounts. By building the firm, he would help it expand. As well as managing the firm Wes would also set goals, devise strategies and provide the firm with the direction it needs to best meet the needs of clients.
After working as the managing director of BlackRock Financial, Wes Edens co founded Fortress Investment Group. The firm would become a leader in providing diverse asset management services for a number of clients all over the world. Wes became a key member of the firm’s management team. Within a few years of starting up the firm, he would serve as the principal and also become its co chief executive officer. Under his leadership, Fortress Investment Group grew and expanded rapidly.