After receiving a BS degree in Finance and Business Administration from Oregon State University in 1984, Wes Edens began his career in the financial industry at Lehman Brothers, where he spent 6 years. Since then, he has worked at several other companies in his chosen field, including the BlackRock Financial Management firm. He is also an executive at Fortress Investment Group, a private equity firm that he founded with two other partners, Randal Nardone and Rob Kauffman. Fortress is a New York based business that manages billions of dollars in alternative assets, and in February of 2007, it became the first and largest company of its kind to be publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The investment management firm continued to experience rapid growth, and was later named Hedge Fund Manager of the Year in 2014.
In addition to being in top leading positions in the investment sector, Wes Edens is the owner of an innovative transportation system in Florida called the Brightline Train, which allows residents in that area to get to their destinations in much less time than it would take for them to get there by car. The first run of the Brightline Train was completed in May of 2018, and at a speed of 80 mph, it went from Miami to Fort Lauderdale in only 30 minutes. Getting a one-way ticket to ride the passenger train only costs $10, and some of the amenities it has are comfortable leather seats, a free WiFi connection, and food offerings. Wes Edens feels that his new transportation service would also work well in many other major cities in the U.S., like Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, and St. Louis.
Wes Edens not only owns Brightline, but the sports enthusiast also purchased the Milwaukee Bucks, an NBA team, for $550 million in 2014. After acquiring the team, he promised its local fans that he would keep it in the state of Wisconsin. The successful executive also has a professional League of Legends e-sports team called Fly Quest, and is the owner of a soccer team called Aston Villa.