Oregon State University has produced a number of alumni during its time as one of America’s most prestigious universities, but perhaps not as impressive as Wes Edens American businessman and private equity investor best known for his success through the company Fortress Investment Group. Wes Edens graduated from the University in 1984 with a bachelors of science degree in finance and business administration and went on to begin his career in the finance industry by working for the Lehman Brothers. At the Lehman Brothers, he was able to work his way up from an entry-level employee to one of the managing partners in the company. He worked as a managing director at the Lehman Brothers until 1993 and then changed careers and became a managing director at Black rock asset investors where he stayed until 1997.
It was at this time that he met up with the other four individuals who together founded worldwide global economic powerhouse that is now known today as Fortress investment group. It was originally founded in 1998 as a private equity investment company and was privately owned for nearly ten years. During his time as a managing director and chairman of Fortress Investment Group Wes Edens was known for his particular style of investment strategy. The style was well-known for its ability to build up businesses through the investments that he made. With the expert leadership that was given by Wes Edens, Fortress Investment Group became the first publicly traded private investment company in the world when in 2007 they held their first initial public offering or IPO.
This was a landmark in American economic history as prior to this there were no publicly traded private equity investment companies. Since their initial public offering, the company has gone on to become one of the global leading to companies in alternative asset management.Technology firm Softbank group Corporation based out of the country of Japan purchased Fortress Investment Group in 2017. During this corporate merger Fortress, Investment Group was able to gain $140 million in incorporate valuation due to their ability to charge a $2.25 premium on their stock price. By the end of the deal, Softbank group agreed to pay $8.08 per share for the entirety of the company. Fortress Investment Group has maintained its ability to work autonomously while under as a subsidiary of Softbank group in Japan. Wes Edens continues to add the company as chairman and co-founder.