Determined entrepreneurs do not shy away from making investments with an evaluation of high risks. Such entrepreneurs become successful in almost every enterprise they venture into; one such entrepreneur is Wes Edens. The entrepreneur is prominently known for his entrepreneurial works and philanthropic works in society. But according to Englishmen, behind every successful man, there is a woman, Eden’s case not being exceptional. His wife Lynn is the woman behind Wes in this case. She supports Edens in his philanthropical works and together, the duo has supported the Edens Professorship in Global Health at Macalester College. The professorship focuses on educating students in a vast range of health problems affecting billions worldwide.
The two also support the Partners in Health, an organization focused on providing healthcare to developing countries. Apart from the two foundations they support, Wes Adens and his wife have contributed substantial donations to a charitable organizations such as Autism Speaks, Student Sponsor Partners, and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital among others. Apart from his philanthropic works, Wes Edens is also an outspoken entrepreneur prominently known for founding Fortress Investment Group in 1998. The firm started as a small private equity firm to the current global alternative asset manager it is today. The company manages more than $42 billion of assets for some of the world’s most accomplished investors.
Fortress Investment has a wide array of investment portfolios ranging from the real estate domain to energy and infrastructure among others. The firm is also known for funding construction of the Virgin Trains USA, the first-ever privately funded operation. Wes Edens also led the advancement of Fortress Investment into the energy sector with the establishment of the New Fortress Energy. The main focus of New Fortress Energy is to provide affordable, cleaner and reliable energy service to everyone. The new company supplies liquid natural gas (LNG) as an alternative to transportation fuel sources. In professional world sports, Wes Edens in 2014 co-owned NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. Both co-owners of the NBA team and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation have guaranteed $200 million towards the construction of a new basketball stadium. In 2018, Wes Edens and Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris partnered together and attained majority ownership of the Premier League football club Aston Villa.