The leading figures on the financial markets are often found using their funds to make an impact in an area of real interest for them. The Fortress Investments co-founder, Wes Edens is no different as he has spent much of his career building a financial empire following the creation of the Fortress Clean Energy group. Despite the success of Edens as a leading investment specialist, the company he has created is now giving him the option of exploring his long-held interest in sports.
Working to provide a better future for the NBA franchise, the Milwaukee Bucks he heads alongside a group of partners, Wes Edens arrived in Milwaukee in 2014 seeking to develop a new arena. The timeline for designing and delivering purpose-built sports and entertainment arena is usually longer than four years, but Wes Edens and his team hit this target. The opening of what is now known as Fiserv Forum came in the Summer of 2018 and brought a sense of joy to the Milwaukee area with 27-acres of vacant land turned into a beacon of regenerative growth.
Always looking to deliver on the latest technology, Wes Edens has recently divided his time between the purchase of the historic Aston Villa soccer club in the U.K. and creating Brightline. The Brightline project is one of the most ambitious undertaken by Wes Edens in bringing the latest in rail technology to the people of Florida and other areas of the U.S. Brightline has created one high-speed rail link between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach with further plans to extend the service into Orlando. The success of the only privately-owned passenger rail service in the U.S. has seen a number of options explored for expanding the service for the future.
Wes Edens has become one of the leading figures in the development of clean energy, modern transportation options, and sports franchising. Using technology and the latest investment options has allowed the head of the Edens Family Fund for Climate Change Research at Princeton University to move to the top of every business area he has moved into.