Fortress Investment Group is a globally-leading and highly diversified investment management business firm. The firm was founded by Wes Eden, Randall Nardone and Robert Kauffman in 1998. Despite being in business for only two decades, the investment management business firm has become a giant in the financial world because of their outstanding services and investments across the world.
Currently, Fortress Investment Group manages about $40.9 billion, with more than 1 750 institutional and private investors distributed across the world. Some of the areas in which the firm invests include real estate, private equity, permanent capital vehicles and hedge funds.
The founders of the Company-Wes Edens and Randall Nardone –still serve as the firm’s principals. However, Rob Kauffman retired in 2012. The founders of the company brought with them extensive financial experience from various positions at Goldman Sachs, UBS, BlackRock Financial Management, and Lehman Brothers.
In 2002, two major players in the financial sector joined the company. Michael Novogratz left Goldman Sachs and joined Fortress Investment in the capacity of fund manager, although he left in 2015. Peter Briger joined the company as a principal and retains the position to date. Briger joined Fortress Investment from Goldman Sachs where he had worked for 15 years. His leadership brought the company significant connections and understanding of the Asian financial sector.
Company Legacy and Operations
In 2007, Fortress Investment Group made history when it became the first alternative investment company to go public. The event opened the path for other similar companies, including KKR & Co., Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, and Apollo Global Management among others.
In 2006-2007, the Group made various distinguished investments, including the acquisition of Intrawest, which is the largest ski company in North America, RailAmerica, Penn National Gaming, and Florida East Coast Industries among others.
Recently, the company expanded its investment portfolio by offering iPass, a global leader in connectivity options with funding amounting to $20 million. On May 19, 2018, Wes Edens and Fortress Investment Group launched private commuter rail service (Brightline) between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Brightline is the only privately operated and owned passenger rail system in the United States.
Overall, Fortress Investment Group continued to lead the financial world as a model investment firm with its diverse and groundbreaking services.