The global investment firm Fortress Investment Group LLC. was founded in 1998 by Wes Edens in 1998. As of March, 2018, the company is holds and estimated $40 billion in assets. Under Edens’ leadership, Fortress has grown into one of the largest investment firms in the United States.
In 2014, Edens founded New Fortress Energy Group. With the creation of liquefied gas at his Miami LGN plant, New Fortress is about to take their energy infrastructure global. The company recently entered into a lucrative contract with Jamaica to deliver natural gas for several of the country’s power plants.
Wes Edens is also a big sports fan. In 2014, he became part owner of the Milwaukee Bucks national basketball team. The team’s new Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center is set to open in late 2018. The $524 million center will be part of a 27 acre entertainment project.
Wes Edens is also one of the promoters of the privately-owned Brightline passenger rail system. The rail system will connect travelers from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale. Driving between both cities can sometimes take 45 minutes; however, if there is gridlock, drivers can often find themselves stuck in a jam for over an hour.
This new high-speed rail shortens the trip to a mere 30 minutes. Passengers can ride in comfort while enjoying such perks as free WI-FI and food. A one-way ticket only costs $10, which is much cheaper than Uber, which will run around $40.
Eden’s company Fortress Investment Group owns the rail system. The rail station will cover six blocks of Miami and Plans include a food court, shops and even housing units. Housing along the rail system is expected to increase drastically, according to local real estate experts.
Wes Edens is a married father of four. He currently lives in the Miami area.