Billionaire Sports Fan Driving Spirit in Milwaukee

Wes Edens is a dynamic billionaire who is known on many fronts. Edens is best known to sports fans as the co-owner of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, a franchise that is estimated to have nearly doubled in value to one billion dollars since it’s re-inception in 2014. Of course, this isn’t Wes Edens first financial success as He also co-founded Fortress Investment Group in 1998. Under his management Fortress has built and owned leading businesses in media, real estate, transportation, financial services, health care, and many other diverse sectors. They manage over $40.0 billions of assets. Some of Fortress Investment group’s portfolio holdings include Brookdale Senior Living, Florida East Coast Railway, Aircastle, Global Signal, Gatehouse Media and many more. After earning a B.S. In Finance from Oregon State University, Edens worked his way to the top of the financial world by progressing through positions at California Savings and Loans, Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers, and Blackrock Financial Management. More about of Wes Edens at Bloomberg.

Wes Edens is also the driving force behind Brightline, an intercity passenger railway connecting Miami and Orlando, Florida. It is the only privately owned passenger rail in the US and plans are in the works for a second line connecting Las Vegas, Nevada, and Southern California.

Edens involvement in sports doesn’t seem surprising. Growing up in the rugged Montana ranching country has given Him love for outdoor athletics and a keen sense of competitiveness. Eden has participated in running, ski races, horse jumping, as well as scaling some of the most challenging mountain slopes in the world. Wes Edens is also a co-owner of the Aston Villa FC, a soccer club with one hundred plus years of history based in Birmingham, England.

Wes Edens is very generous with his time as well as his money. He is a sought after speaker, speaking at many major events and symposiums and also sits or chairs many advisory boards and councils. He has donated considerable amounts of money to numerous charities, including University of Florida Foundation, Princeton Environmental Institute, Lymphoma Research Research Foundation, and to many more to list here.

For more information of Wes Edens, click here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wesley-edens-a6b19b3a

 

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