Wes Edens

Wes Edens

Formal First Name
Wesley (Wes)
10/30/1961 - present

Wes Edens is Principal and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Fortress, a leading investment manager he co-founded in 1998. In this role, he is responsible for the firm’s private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses. Under his leadership, Fortress has developed and owned transportation and infrastructure projects around the world. Edens led the firm in establishing industry-leading ventures in real estate, health care, financial services, media, and entertainment. Edens is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Fortress Energy, a global leader promoting the world’s advancement to clean and renewable energy.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Edens grew up on a rural Montana ranch participating in outdoor sports including ski racing, mountain climbing, running, and jumping horses. 
  • He has scaled the Matterhorn, the Grand Teton, Mount Kilimanjaro, and other challenging mountains around the world. 
  • He has been a member of the board of directors of Fortress since November 2006.
  • He has been a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since 1998. 
  • He is a co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and Aston Villa Football Club sports franchises. 
  • He has been a catalyst for the development of Brightline, the first privately owned, operated, and maintained passenger rail system in the United States.
  • He served as the inaugural co-chair of the Brown School of Public Health Advisory Council.
  • He was a partner and managing director of BlackRock Financial Management, where he headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund.
  • He was a partner and managing director of Lehman Brothers.