Personnel File

Wesley Edens

Wesley R. Edens is a Principal, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Fortress was founded in 1998 and is a $62 billion alternative asset management company with headquarters in New York and offices around the world. Mr. Edens is responsible for Fortress’s private equity business, which primarily invests in transportation and infrastructure, real estate, health care, financial services and media.

Prior to founding Fortress, Mr. Edens was a partner and managing director of BlackRock Financial Management Inc., where he headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund. In addition, Mr. Edens was formerly a partner and managing director of Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Edens received a B.S. in Finance from Oregon State University.

Content referencing Wesley Edens

Friday Photos: Bucks Arena Taking Shape
Friday Photos

Bucks Arena Taking Shape

Distinctive design of arena's facade now clearly visible

Milwaukee Bucks Purchase NBA D-League Team to Begin Play in Oshkosh for the 2017-18 Season
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Milwaukee Bucks Purchase NBA D-League Team to Begin Play in Oshkosh for the 2017-18 Season

Team will play at new 3,500-seat arena to be developed in downtown Oshkosh

Friday Photos: Arena Rises from Frozen Tundra
Friday Photos

Arena Rises from Frozen Tundra

Snow and freezing weather didn't delay construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

House Confidential: John Hammond’s Hum-Drum Colonial
House Confidential

John Hammond’s Hum-Drum Colonial

Bucks general manager has $850,000 Whitefish Bay home. And he doesn't vote much.

Bucks Name Craig Robinson Vice President of Player and Organizational Development
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Bucks Name Craig Robinson Vice President of Player and Organizational Development

Robinson will oversee the development and implementation of programs that support the professional and personal growth of players.

House Confidential: Alex Lasry’s $1 Million Waterfront Condo
House Confidential

Alex Lasry’s $1 Million Waterfront Condo

And why not? The son of Bucks owner Marc Lasry has become a MAJOR player in town.

Murphy’s Law: The King of Subprime Lending
Murphy’s Law

The King of Subprime Lending

How Bucks owner Wes Edens makes millions off troubled homeowners.

The Power of Common Ground

The Power of Common Ground

Nonprofit advocacy group has had huge impact on city, though some grumble about their tactics.

Bucks Break Ground on New Multi-Purpose Arena
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Bucks Break Ground on New Multi-Purpose Arena

Scheduled to open in time for the 2018-19 NBA season, the 714,000-square-foot arena is the centerpiece of a new sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee.

Bucks Groundbreaking and Second Annual Block Party Set for June 18
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Bucks Groundbreaking and Second Annual Block Party Set for June 18

Oscar Robertson, Jabari Parker, Bucks owners and elected officials all scheduled to attend

In Public: Bucks Arena Design Is Anti-Urban
In Public

Bucks Arena Design Is Anti-Urban

Its generic, well-mannered and probably won’t improve with “tweaks.”

Edens: Bucks will develop master plan for arena development
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Edens: Bucks will develop master plan for arena development

Bucks will break ground on arena in November, owners say, but when will real work begin?
Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease
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Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease

Murphy’s Law: Common Ground’s $30 Million Victory for City
Murphy’s Law

Common Ground’s $30 Million Victory for City

Pressure on Bucks owner Wes Edens results in Nationstar’s $30 million pledge to prevent foreclosures.

Common Ground protests Nationstar, Bucks owner Wes Edens
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Common Ground protests Nationstar, Bucks owner Wes Edens

Will Bucks Break Their Lease?

Will Bucks Break Their Lease?

Why the new arena deal will not lock down the franchise in Milwaukee

Murphy’s Law: Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?

One publication says yes. But most donors to his presidential campaign are secret.

City help for Milwaukee Bucks development approved after community benefits debate
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens lobbied lawmakers for arena on latest Wisconsin visit
The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The exact total is unknown, but will be much higher than media has reported.

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Community organization is pushing city, county and state representatives to oppose public funding.

Bucks Tab Troy Flanagan to Lead Training Staff
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Bucks Tab Troy Flanagan to Lead Training Staff

Flanagan will oversee all team training operations as the new Director of Performance

Murphy’s Law: The Secret Tax Subsidy Society
Murphy’s Law

The Secret Tax Subsidy Society

Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?

Common Ground to Wesley Edens: $30 Million for Our City
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Common Ground to Wesley Edens: $30 Million for Our City

Mayor Tom Barrett and President Michael Murphy Meet with Nationstar Mortgage to Discuss Second Wave of Foreclosure Crisis

Plats and Parcels: 229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill
Plats and Parcels

229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill

But one of the two new buildings being developed generated grr-ipes from Matt Wild and Mary Louise Schumacher. Dare we disagree?

Murphy’s Law: Bucks Owners Must Build Without Subsidy
Murphy’s Law

Bucks Owners Must Build Without Subsidy

Unique financial situation of Bucks owners suggests they may have to build a new arena, even with no taxpayer support.

Plats and Parcels: Northwestern Mutual Could Demolish a City Block
Plats and Parcels

Northwestern Mutual Could Demolish a City Block

Will entire city block be used to build 1,000 car parking garage? And will The Couture dispute ever get settled?

Bucks Hire Global and Local Architectural Firms to Begin Design of Wisconsin Sports and Entertainment Center
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Bucks Hire Global and Local Architectural Firms to Begin Design of Wisconsin Sports and Entertainment Center

“Wisconsin deserves a world-class sports and entertainment destination that embraces Milwaukee’s architecture and incorporates innovative elements from across the globe.”

Bucks Reward Milwaukee Public High School Scholar Athletes with Courtside Seats
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Bucks Reward Milwaukee Public High School Scholar Athletes with Courtside Seats

Courtside Active Scholars Program recognizes MPS Students who excel in school and sports

Plats and Parcels: Walker’s Point on the Rise
Plats and Parcels

Walker’s Point on the Rise

South 2nd St. is booming and redevelopment on National Ave. may follow a similar pattern.

Milwaukee Bucks to Collaborate with Marquette University on World-Class, Multi-Purpose Sports Medicine and Research Facility
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Milwaukee Bucks to Collaborate with Marquette University on World-Class, Multi-Purpose Sports Medicine and Research Facility

Today, the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks have announced their intention to collaborate with Marquette University on a sports medicine and health and wellness initiative.

Why Would the State Give $220 Million to Someone Whose Company is Destroying Milwaukee Neighborhoods?
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Why Would the State Give $220 Million to Someone Whose Company is Destroying Milwaukee Neighborhoods?

Common Ground shines a light on Wesley Edens’ crumbling foreclosures

Murphy’s Law: Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall
Murphy’s Law

Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall

His “$100 million gift” to Greater Milwaukee Foundation will gain him huge tax break for supporting new NBA arena.

NEWaukeean of the Week: Alex Lasry
NEWaukeean of the Week

Alex Lasry

"Marc, Wes, Jamie and the Bucks are determined to help rejuvenate the city."

Murphy’s Law: How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?
Murphy’s Law

How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promises a new arena will launch a Downtown renewal. Is he right?

Murphy’s Law: Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National
Murphy’s Law

Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National

New York Times dumps on Milwaukee business leaders, and city becoming divided on issue.

Build Bucks Arena in Inner City?

Build Bucks Arena in Inner City?

Community leader calls on new owners to consider North Side location.

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?

It can’t get done without GOP legislators, but they have deeply felt reasons for opposing any deal.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!
Eyes on Milwaukee

Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

MMAC organized event to sell NBA arena, but speakers from Cleveland, Denver and OKC said Millenials want transit, too.

Murphy’s Law: Four Plans to Save the Bucks
Murphy’s Law

Four Plans to Save the Bucks

But can any of the plans create the new NBA arena they need?

Plenty of Horne: Downtown Power Brokers Mull Expanded Convention Center
Plenty of Horne

Downtown Power Brokers Mull Expanded Convention Center

Leaders of Wisconsin Center and the Bradley Center consider key changes for downtown facilities.

Milwaukee Is a Great Lakes Star

Milwaukee Is a Great Lakes Star

New census estimates show Milwaukee’s population is growing faster than any other Great Lakes city.

Statement from Prospective Milwaukee Bucks Owners Wesley Edens & Marc Lasry
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Statement from Prospective Milwaukee Bucks Owners Wesley Edens & Marc Lasry

“Commissioner Silver has taken strong and swift action to address Mr. Sterling’s offensive comments, which run counter to the principles of equality and diversity that define the NBA today. There is no place for racism and hatred in sports – or in our society.”

Common Ground Will Fight New Bucks Owners If No “Fair Play”

Common Ground Will Fight New Bucks Owners If No “Fair Play”

Group serves notice: any plan for new arena must include $200 million for children's playgrounds and athletic fields.

Common Ground Focused on Public Funding
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Common Ground Focused on Public Funding

Offer Congratulations to New Bucks Owners and Thanks for Interest in Milwaukee

Bucks buyers like big-time investing, poker, mountain climbing
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Bucks buyers like big-time investing, poker, mountain climbing

Supervisor Bown Issues Statement on Sen. Kohl’s Generosity to the Community
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Supervisor Bown Issues Statement on Sen. Kohl’s Generosity to the Community

Supervisor David Bowen released the following statement regarding Herb Kohl's generosity to the community

Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner Herb Kohl Introduces New Team Ownership and Announces $100 Million Gift for Arena
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Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner Herb Kohl Introduces New Team Ownership and Announces $100 Million Gift for Arena

Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, today announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.