In 1987, Wes Edens joined forces as a partner and director with Lehman Brothers Holdings, known for its global investment banking services. Lehman Brothers were once noted for being the fourth largest investment bank in the U.S.
In 1993, Edens signed on at BlackRock Financial Management, Inc a subsidiary of the BlackRock Inc, known worldwide in investment management, with over $5.98 trillion in asset management, It was there at BlackRock Financial when Wes Edens founded the equity fund, BlackRock Asset Investors.
By 1998, Edens joined forces along with Peter Lionel Briger, Jr., Now President and Co-Chairman of Fortress Credit, Hedge fund manager Michael Edward Novogratz, Randal (Randy) Nardone, and businessman/racecar enthusiast Rob Kauffman to form the world-renowned Fortress Investments LLC, which at today’s standards has about $42.1 billion in asset management. Read more on fortress.com
In 2014 Edens founded the New Fortress Energy Company.
In 2014, Edens partnered up with the billionaire hedge fund manager Marc Lasry in the purchase of the national basketball team Milwaukee Bucks.
In 2017, Edens along with his four partners sold Fortress Investments for $3.3 billion in cash to the Japanese holding conglomerate SoftBank Group.
In 2018, Edens along with Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris joined forces to purchase a majority stake in the English Championship club Aston Villa.
In 2018, Edens launched Florida’s first privately owned and operated passenger train, Brightline runs between Miami to Fort Lauderdale, Florida daily with plans to extend its travels throughout the U.S.
Outside of the business world of Wes Edens, he’s also known as a very generous philanthropist, within the span of 10 years his contributions to various Cancer Research Foundations, College, hospitals, health, and wellness centers has exceeded 2.7 million dollars.
Wes Edens is also known as an avid skier and has recently joined forces with a few friends Michael Novogratz, David Barry, and Randal Nardone to open the luxurious Caldera House ski lodge resort.