Sports fans who enjoy the NBA will be well aware of the work done by Wes Edens to modernize the image of the unfashionable Milwaukee Bucks franchise. However, the graduate of the University of Oregon has had an amazing career taking him from the California Savings and Loan to some of the world’s largest financial institutions. In terms of philanthropy, Edens looks to help groups in his own areas of interest, including skiing, education, and healthcare.
The business career of Wes Edens began in 1987 after completing his studies for a B.A. in Business from the University of Oregon with a role at the California Savings & Loan, which was followed by a series of opportunities at companies including Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. In 1998, Edens embarked on his own venture when he established Fortress Investments and started his path towards building his business empire. The establishment of New Fortress Energy in 2014 shows the passion Wes Edens maintains for the creation and use of renewable energy sources such as Liquid Natural Gas.
As a young person, Edens was a passionate skier who has never lost his interest in the sport as a financial supporter of the U.S. skiing and snowboarding teams. Sport plays an increasingly large role in the life of Wes Edens as he has led the Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise to success and recently purchased a controlling interest in the English soccer team, Aston Villa F.C.
Despite his passion for various aspects of life, Wes Edens has not forgotten to give back to the community on a local and international level. Between 2006 and 2010, Edens gave over $700,000 to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and more than $500,000 to Partners in Health. The interest held by Edens in philanthropy and renewable energy has led to the creation of a research program funded by the Edens Family to monitor the causes and effects of climate change.