A private equity firm that is commonly known as Fortress Investment Group was established in 1998 and it was the first private equity company to be publicly involved on the Stock Exchange of New York. Also, it is an international investment management company that controls assets which are more than $43 billion for investors who exceeds 1750 in private equity, permanent capital, motor vehicles as well as the hedge funds. Fortress headquarters are located in New York City and hold a capacity of over 900 employees. Also, its establishment was not a one-person effort instead was a team of colleagues worked jointly, and they include; Randal Nardone, Wes Edens, and Peter Briger. SoftBank Group Completes Acquisition of Fortress Investment Group.
In Operations management, capital markets, asset Investment, and commercial mergers and acquisitions are several areas of expertise specialization by Fortress Investment Group. It also has essential skills in financing, managing, owning and pricing of the physical and financial assets. The founders of Fortress were highly experienced in the financial sector since they had worked and served different top positions in companies like Lehman Brothers, UBS, BlackRock Financial Management and as well as in Goldman Sachs. Therefore they came along with those experiences with Randal Nardone and Wes Edens as its current principal while Rob Kauffman is already retired.
1999 was the year when Fortress Investment Group initiated the Fortress Investment Fund 1. Previously, it had involved itself in both the New York markets and Toronto markets to carry on real estate investment. Later on, it grew to provide credit securities and hedge finances. From 1999 until 2006, Fortress experienced exponential growth in its private equity that grew with almost 40 percent. In 2002, Fortress Leadership expanded by two vital people via the addition of Michael Novogratz as its Fund manager, the same role he performed while at Goldman Sachs, and he left Fortress in 2015 because of his other interests.
Fortress Investment Group was able to make significant acquisitions and purchases between the years 2006 and 2007 such as the Canadian Firm Intrawest which turns out to be the prime ski resort operator situated in North America. 2011 was the year when Fortress established several headquarters which were located in Singapore, Shanghai, two in Asia and also in San Francisco. The exemplary leadership by Fortress employees was recognized by being awarded several times such as in 2014 they received the award of the Hedge finance director of the year.