Wes Edens the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Investment Group is exciting South Florida citizens with the Brightline passenger rail system that connects Miami and Orlando by providing high-quality luxury train travel between the two major cities. The Brightline passenger rail system is the first rail system operated and owned privately in the United States. The Brightline passenger rail system provides luxury travel that will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, and Orlando. By providing an opportunity for travelers to commute between the major metropolitan areas and world-class travel is offered for not only Florida residents but also worldwide travelers that visit Florida can take advantage of the best of accommodations in a 45-minute train ride on the Brightline passenger rail system. Wes Edens has provided profound leadership and innovative intuitive insight into opportunities to improve the infrastructure within the United States passenger rail systems that will enhance travel and make commuting from major metropolitan areas easier and more convenient than airplane travel.
Passenger rail systems are extremely popular in Europe and have become one of the easiest and safest forms of travel between the European Union countries with the high level technologically advanced train systems and their various routes. Wes Edens has created an opportunity to expand on the current infrastructure of the United States starting in South Florida by providing the Brightline passenger rail system as the first of many projects in the planning phase to provide opportunities to travel in the highest luxury accommodations over rail systems. Wes Edens was educated at Oregon State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and also his Master’s in Business Administration. Wes Edens began his professional career at Lehman Brothers investment firm, a world-renowned investment company that provided key intellectual knowledge and expertise that has guided the career and expansion of Wes Edens professional and personal portfolio. He served Lehman Brothers as Partner and Managing Director and quickly excelled within the alternative asset investment arena and became known as one of the more astute evaluators of underperforming and distressed assets within private equity.
After his career at Lehman Brothers, he accepted another position as Head of Private Equity Fund at BlackRock Financial Management Incorporated. He served at BlackRock Financial Management with an expertise and knowledgeable skill set that transitioned into extremely high levels of return on investment and increased the growth of his personal and the company investment portfolios. In 1998, he joined with five partners and founded the Fortress Investment Group, where he continued to expand his personal portfolio by serving as Co-Chief Executive Officer of this alternative asset investment firm. The Fortress Investment Group became one of the largest alternative asset buyout investment firms in the world. In 2007, Fortress Investment Firm became the first buyout investment firm to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Fortress Investment Group continues to advance and create opportunities to produce tremendous returns on investment through alternative assets and with the construction of the Brightline passenger rail system in Miami and Orlando they are providing resources to increase the infrastructure of the United States and generate long-term returns on investment.