Wesley Robert Edens commonly known as Wes Edens is an American entrepreneur, investor, an executive officer and an owner of sports teams. He studied at Oregon State University graduating with a B.A in finance in 1984.
Wes Edens has involved in various jobs in private equity investment, founding and confounding different companies where he holds distinct top positions and buying majority shares in popular sports clubs. He began his career at Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney, a Loans and Savings company in California. He later worked as a partner and managing director for Lehman Brothers in 1987 and then in 1998; he held a similar position at BlackRock Financial Management Inc.
As a sports owner, he is a co-owner of Aston Villa Football Club, a football club in Birmingham England and Milwaukee Bucks, a basketball team in Milwaukee city. He got an interest in sports competition and athletics as he grew up involving in outdoor games such as running, mountain climbing and ski racing in the rural areas of Montana.
He currently holds a position of a Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Newcastle Investment Holdings. He is also the Chairman of the board at Springleaf Finance Inc., Florida East Coast Holdings, Mapeley Limited, Drive Shack and Springleaf Finance Cooperation. He is a co-chairman of the Advisory Council at Macalester College in St. Paul in the school of Public Health.
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Wes Edens is a devoted businessman who involves in donations and in supporting various charity organisations. Together with his family, he founded The Edens Family Fund at Princeton University, a group that specialises in research of urban challenge in the institution. He has also involved in various donations, either direct or joint partnership, in supporting colleges, health facilities, educating poor children and research centers such as Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
Other than focusing solely on his career, Wes Edens involves in other activities during his leisure time or vacations. He is much involved in mountain climbing as his main outdoor activity and has managed to climb Matterhorn in Switzerland. He again climbed Grand Teton and Pingora Peak in Wyoming with his ice axe and is also passionate in public speaking and the aviation industry.
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