Peter Briger is the current Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Fortress Investment Group, he has been with the investment group for more than fifteen years, having been brought on board from Goldman Sachs where he was already a partner with 15 years experience. He joined Fortress at management level, bringing with him a wealth of experience in deal making a specialty acquired and nurtured at Goldman.Peter Briger grew his love for business when he attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a B. A, and would later be followed by an MBA from the Walton school of business at the University of Pennsylvania. His educational background combined with his leadership skills saw him hold various positions at Goldman Sachs that include Co-Head of Asian Real Estate Private Equity business, Co-Head of Asian Distressed Debt business and Co-Head of Fixed Income Principal Investment Groups.
These positions were quite tasking, but he was able to handle them well until Fortress came calling. In 2006 he was elected as a Director before moving up to Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009. He also holds other positions in the group, i.e., the principal, president and Head of credit and real estate business.This has made Peter Briger one of the most respected business minds in the country, and as such it was no surprise when he was named among the top 400 business minds in America by Forbes magazine.Apart from career, Peter Briger has always had a passion for issues affecting the community. He has not only provided a listening ear, but has dedicated his resources and time to this issue. He contributes to philanthropic causes that include the global fund for children and the council for foreign relations.
This council is geared towards the enhancement of better understanding of foreign policy issues among leaders and citizens.Peter Briger is also a proud alumnus of Princeton University and as such continues to contribute towards the welfare of the school. Peter together with others began The Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund; this fund would help students innovate, generate ideas as well as take calculated risks when taking on the challenges facing society today. This fund will fund startups that submit their proposals to a team of six alumni entrepreneurs who will deliberate on its merit and help mentor the young entrepreneurs to greater heights. Briger believes in the power and value of mentor ship as a tool for building better entrepreneurs and continues to do so in his personal capacity.
Wes Edens is a businessman and one of the founders of Fortress Investment Group. He also owns a sports team which is known as Milwaukee Bucks. He is also the owner of the League of Legends team FlyQuest.As a student of Oregon State University, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Administration in 1984. His career journey began as a partner and managing director of Lehman Brothers in 1987. He later left Lehman Brothers to become a partner and managing director at BlackRock Asset Investors until 1997.Apart from being the co-Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Investment Group, he has also served as the CEO of Newcastle Investment Holdings LLC, Eurocastle Investment Ltd., Global Signal Inc., Capstead Mortgage Corp., and IMPAC Commercial Holdings. He has also served as a director for several more companies.
Wes’ Current Position At Fortress.
Fortress Investment Group has Wes Adens as its co-founder. He has been Fortress’ Private Equity Chief Investment Officer and co-chairman from August 2009. He has previously worked as the company’s Principal, President of Private Equity and Head of Private Equity. Fortress has Wes as its current Co-Chief Executive Officer from December 2017. He is in charge of the businesses that are of private equity and also publicly traded investments.
Involvement in eSports.
In 2017, Wes Edens announced that Fortress would launch an eSports franchise by the name FlyQuest. ESports are video game competitions in which professional players are involved. FlyQuest aims at involving a variety of teams to participate in the various world eSports games in the North America League of Championship Series (NA LCS). According to ESPN, Wes is the most recent NBA-related owner to be involved in the North American Leagues Championships Series. Others include Memphis Grizzles, Rick Fox, and Peter Guber.
How much Wes’ is earns.
The New York Times in an article listed Wes Edens’ “take –home pay” to be $54.4 million annually. The figure is a combination of Fortress annual compensation he receives of $13.4 million and $41 million he receives as a shareholder in the same company. He is one of the highest paid Private Equity Executives.Apart from his career, Wes also has a personal life. He is wedded to Lynn. Together, they have four children, one of them being her daughter Mallory. Horse jumping and mountain climbing are the hobbies he engages as a way to take some time off his busy schedule.
Many people know Cassio Audi as a business person. What many do not know is that in his early life he was a musician. Before pursuing a career in the finance industry he had participated in a music band in the 1980’s. He was a founder member of a group band known as Viper Rock Band. His band mates were Pit Passarell, Andre Machado, Felipe Machado and Yves Passarel. Viper Rock Band was started in 1985. Cassio Audi was the drums player in the band. This went on until 1989 when he quit the group to pursue higher learning. The group claimed that their source of inspiration was Iron Maiden, a leading British heavy metal music group at the time. People who knew the Viper Rock Band at the time of its inception claim that Cassio Audi would have made a successful career had he stayed on in the music career.
Cassio Audi was part of the group’s world tour when they released their first demo album. Their first demo album was called “The Killer Sword.” Some of the tracks in the album included Princess from Hell, Killera, and Nightmare. Some of these tracks were later included on their official debut album. However, there were a few adjustments made to the songs at the time of release. Their first album was released in 1987. The title of the album was Soldiers of Sunrise.
Soldiers of Sunrise received great reception and was rated 4 stars by the AllMusic group. Their original debut has been redone a few times since then. The group went ahead to release their second album known as Theatre of fate, though Cassio Audio had left the group to join the university. Cassio Audi is a holder of a degree in business administration. He has later joined University of Sao Paulo for an MBA in Finance.