Randal Nardone has made his mark as one of the most successful hedge fund portfolio managers in the world. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Fortress Investment Group, along with Wes Edens and Peter Briger. They set up this alternative investment firm in 1998 as a private equity firm and saw it through different transition stages, including listing with the NYSE.
Life before Fortress
Nardone studied at the University of Connecticut where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English & Biology before topping it up with a law degree from Boston University’s School of Law. Before starting Fortress, Randal Nardone was a law practitioner with Thatcher Profit and Wood law firm. He would later move to BlackRock Financial where he worked as the managing director for the Union Bank based in Switzerland.
Moving to Fortress
The two engagements helped him hone his law and financial skills that were vital in founding the Fortress Investment Group. Randal Nardone formed part of the Fortress leadership and became a member of the board of directors in 2006. Prior to this, he held several positions within the company that included serving as an Interim CEO. He has also served in different prestigious positions with Fortress subsidiaries including president of Ncs 1 LLC, secretary of the Newcastle Investment Corporation, director of Springleaf Finance Inc. and also served as the director of Brookdale Senior Living Inc.
Dedication to transformative leadership
Randal Nardone is quite hard working and consistently puts in effort in everything he does to ensure transformation and revolution. He particularly played a key role in steering Fortress Investment Group to success, nurturing it from a collaborative idea to making one of the most prestigious investment company’s in the world today. Nardone has also been hailed for his contributions towards listing the investor with NYSE as well as during its acquisition by Japan’s Softbank Group.Even after the $3.3 Billion acquisition of Fortress by Softbank, Randal Nardone continues serving as the investment company’s direction as the takeover terms stipulate that his startup continues operating independent of the new parent company’s influence. He also views the acquisition as yet another step in the right direction for Fortress arguing that it would only serve to solidify its foothold in the global finance and investment industry.