In the world of investing, Wes Edens and the company that he co-founded, Fortress Investment Group, have become big names. Wes Edens is also known for his philanthropic activities and the fact that he is the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, a team in the National Basketball Association. Fortress Investment Group was first created as a boutique investment firm back in 1998 and since then it has grown to be a global name in alternative asset management. Some of the companies that Fortress Investment Group and Wes Edens have acquired have gone on to make a huge impact in their different fields.
One of the his recent investments that is expected to be a big name is Brightline, a private company operating in Florida currently that provides passenger rail transportation to and from a few major cities. The powerhouse company Virgin recently partnered up with Brightline and is using their experience and branding to help grow the company with plans to expand to different states. After the partnership, Brightline announced rebranding plans that led to them being known as Virgin Trains USA. Due to the fact that Virgin already has its own rail company in the United Kingdom, Wes Edens expects the partnership to be a success. The business pursuits of Wes Edens are very important to the entrepreneur, but his philanthropy works mean a lot to the investor as well.
He and his wife created a program at Macalester College that supports efforts to improve education in various fields related to health. The focus of the program is medical geography and health in general. The topics of health hazards, healthcare delivery, infectious diseases, and environmental factors impact millions of people around the world. The professor that is teaching for the Glocal Health Professorship sponsored by expert Wes Edens teaches under the geography department. Wes Edens has been working to improve issues concerning inequities in access to healthcare for years. This is why his hard work with Partners In Health is so important to him. This organization gives access to healthcare in developing countries by building hospitals and other medical facilities as well as training local staff.