Two billionaires, both from different nations, recently came together to claim a massive stake in the U.K. football club called Aston Villa. Aston Villa is quite interested in potentially being able to play in the popular Premier League. The two investors who saw great opportunity in this team are the Wes Edens of the United States and Nassef Sawiris of Egypt.
Wes Edens is a member, founder and owner of Fortress Investment Group, a company that has made big moves in the world of transportation with its train, Brightline. At the moment Brightline’s routes are in Florida, but Wes Edens has looked into expanding the rail system’s services to other areas of the United States in the future. Some of the routes that he has expressed interest in are Dallas to Houston, Charlotte to Atlanta and St. Louis to Chicago.
At Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edends is a chairman in addition to being a founder and co-owner. Alternative investment opportunities are of great interest to Mr. Edens because, despite their risks, they offer significantly greater returns than more common investment opportunities do.
Edens holds a B.S in the field of Finance and Business Administration, which he received upon his graduation from Oregon State University. After leaving the university in 1984, his professional life took flight. He gained a decode of priceless experience, lesson from which had a great influence on the successful investor he would later become.
It was in 1998 when Wes Edens teamed up with Randal Nardone, Peter Briger and two other business partners to begin building the company that would eventually become the financial giant Fortress Investment Group. Fortress Investment Group is a bit different from the typical financial firm, however. The company encourages its clients to focus not of the stock market, but instead on alternative types of assets. The alternatives to the stock market offer great opportunities to investors willing to do something outside the norm. This is how Edens himself built his wealth, a strategy that the Wall Street Journal wrote was extremely creative and impressive.