In 1998, a private equity firm commonly known as Fortress Investment Group came to existence and also, it became the first private firm to be listed in New York Stock Exchange. It has grown to the extent of becoming a global asset management firm; thus it controls assets that are worth over $43 billion which accrues from investors who exceed 1750. The investments are in various forms such as private equity, motor vehicles, hedge funds, and permanent capital. Also, the Group’s headquarters are situated in the City of New York with 900 people employed under its roof. The decision to establish Fortress was not a one-person idea, but a combination of several thoughts that is Randal Nardone, Wes Edens and Peter Briger resolved to work jointly.
Operation management, Commercial Merger and Acquisitions, asset investment, and capital markets are the several areas of expertise practiced by Fortress Group. The Group has adequate knowledge, skills, and experience when it comes to issues relating to financing, managing, and pricing of the physical and commercial assets. Its founders having served in several financial firms such as; UBS, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and BlackRock which is a business management firm, they acquired leadership skills, techniques to handle burning issues and also they are highly experienced. Therefore, they came along with all those knowledge and experience in Fortress Investment Group. To know more about the company click here.
Currently, Randal Nardone and Wes Edens serve as the principals of Fortress Investment Group, and Rob Kaufman no longer works there because he has already retired. 1999 was the year when it launched its Fortress Investment Fund 1 although before it was involved in real estate investment in both Toronto and New York City markets. In the past years, it has experienced exponential growth to the extent that it began offering credit securities and Hedge finances. Also, Fortress Investment Group’s private equity assets were approximated to have increased by 40 percent from 1999 until 2006.
Recently, Fortress Investment Group made a very tactical move that brought a lot of controversies in the investment market. This was the acquisition by the SoftBank of Japan. Many people including Fortress Group’s counterparts in the industry failed to understand the intention behind the move. However, the principals of the company came out a few days ago to assure the investors that the move has been strategically designed with their interests in priority. In the nearest future, the investors are expected to reap significantly from the engagement.