Since 1998, Fortress Investment Group is known for satisfying its customers by offering quality services hence setting a blueprint and pacesetter in the finance world. The company gained more fame with its Initial Public Offering in 2007 when it became the first largest private company to be to be publicly traded on the (NYSE) that is New York Stock Exchange. Currently, the company has over 1,750 investors and over $43 billion value of Assets. Fortress Investment Group is headquartered in New York City and it has been operating on the principle of having to enable its members to have high returns that are risk-free. It has more than 900 employees who are qualified to give the necessary advice. Wes Edens and Mr. Randal Nardone are some of the principles based in New York and Peter Briger based in San Francisco.
The Group basically specializes in some core areas that have seen it grow over years like asset-based investment, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, operations management etc.Some of the assets include real estate, capital, and commercial vehicles.When it comes to the management of the company’s operations, Fortress Investment Group extracts value in any investment portfolio while evaluating operational and structural strategies. The staffs at the company are professionals and well trained to deal with mergers and acquisitions involving stakeholders, management and board members of the companies getting into the merger. Capital markets are not an issue in the company because they have the knowledge and understanding of it.The Mastermind behind Fortress Investment Group is Rand, Wes, and Rob who combined their financial expertise which they gained from Goldman Sachs, UBS, Lehman Brothers and BlackRock Financial Management.
They had an aim of creating a unique investment firm; they invested $400 million which grew to $3.9 billion in only 5 years.They first invested in real estate, then hedge funds and debt securities. By 2006 there was Fortress Investment Fund I, II, III and IV, Fortress Partners Fund, Fortress Brookdale Investment Fund etc.In 2002, Michael Novogratz and Peter Briger joined the Group and they catapulted it to the ability to offer IPO in 2007. This is after it made various acquisitions like Intrawest, Rail America, and Penn National Gaming. After the IPO, the Group focused internationally in Japan, Asia, and Italy. In 2017, Softbank Group Corporation purchased it for $3.3 billion but still operates independently despite the purchase. It has received awards like the Year’s Credit-Focused Fund in 2010 and 2011 from Institutional Investor magazine, Hedge Fund Manager of the Year 2014 and the Best Management Firm 2014 by HFMWeek among others.