Fortress Investment Group has been a key player in the industry since inception in 1998. For instance, in 2007, the company became the first private equity firm to offer Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Since then, the company has grown into the global market controlling over forty-three billion of assets belonging to almost two thousand investors. Furthermore, the company also controls permanent capital vehicles and hedge funds. Fortress Investment Group key strategy is focusing on strong risk-adjusted returns in the long run for investors.
Fortress Investment Group was established by Randal Nardone, Wes Edens, and Rob Kauffman. Although Nardone and Edens are still involved with the company, Kauffman retired in 2002 to venture into car racing. Prior to founding the company, the principals worked for many years at various prominent private equity firms like Goldman Sachs and others. They, therefore, brought immense experience and expertise in investment management that enable the company to grow rapidly. Their initial goal was to create an investment company that could offer alternative solutions to investment management in the industry. Assets under the management of the company increased significantly in the first five years from four hundred million dollars to almost four billion dollars. At the time of going public, asset under management was over thirty billion dollars.
Operations at Fortress Investment Group are categorized into three main segments; the credit, private equity, and permanent capital vehicles. The credit division is led by Briger and Dean Dakolias and was established in 2002. The division comprises the Fortress Credit Opportunities Funds, the Fortress Japan Income Fund among others. Investments in this division focus on distressed and illiquid investments as well as undervalued assets. The private equity division is controlled by Wes Edens and Randal Nardone. The division controls the cash flow from the Caribbean, North America, and Europe investments. The permanent Capital vehiclesdisvision, on the other hand, is concerned with the management of the company’s capital vehicles. The capital vehicles focus on investment in media assets, real estate, and transportation logistics among other areas.
About Wes Edens
Wes Edens is among the founders of Fortress Investment Group where he leads the private equity division. Prior to co-founding Fortress, he served senior positions at Lehman brothers and BlackRock companies. His Investment approach enabled the company to obtain considerable returns from distressed capital markets. Apart from being successful in the world of business, Wes Edens is also prominently involved in sports. In 2014, he partnered with Marc Lasry to purchase the Milwaukee Bucks at half a billion dollars.