The Wes Edens Career

Wes Edens has had quite a successful career. In 1987 he served as a partner and the Managing Director of Lehman Brothers until 1993. In 1997 he became Managing Director of Union Bank of Switzerland, holding that position until 1998. He has been a principal of the private equity firm, Fortress, since co-founding it in 1998. He would lead it as its CEO from 1998 to 2003. In 1999 Wes Edens became CEO of Impac Commercial Holdings, Inc., holding that position until 2003. In 2000, he had become CEO and President of Capstead Mortgage, maintaining that position until 2003.

He began serving as CEO of Newcastle Investment Holdings in 2002, holding that position until 2007. In 2005, Wes Edens became the Chairman of Mapeley Limited, a position which he still holds. In 2007, he came Chairman of Florida East Coast Railway Corp, filling this position until 2017. (This position would prove instrumental in his Brightline project in Florida). In 2013 Edens became the Chairman of New Media Investment Group, a position which he still holds. He partnered with Marc Lasry in 2014 to become co-owners of the Milwaukee Bucks. See more information about Wes Edens at

In the past three years, Wes Edens has also commenced construction of an ambitious private train line in South Florida known as Brightline. It was designed by Rockwell Group and has been completely American made. There are two coach options available for passengers: Smart Service for $10 for one way and the Select Service $15 one way. Seats in both coaches come with free Wifi and multiple power and USB outlets. Smart Service passengers can buy food and snacks. These things are provided to Select Service passengers for free.

Brightline is also equipped to carry almost any kind of carry-on. This even includes pets, bikes, wheelchairs, and strollers. The bathrooms on each train car are state-of-the-art. In 2017 he was made co-CEO of Fortress.

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