When he first walked into Princeton, he may not have realized what a defining moment that was, this however would change when Peter Briger graduated with his B.A in 1986. Princeton to this day is one of the most important places to him and this has been shown in his continuous and generous contributions that he continues to give. When the Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee came calling he was ready and would help establish the Alumni Entrepreneurship fund which helps others to finance their startups. Peter Briger understands the need to have a very strong entrepreneurial spirit in the school and driving it towards the Princeton entrepreneurial way. This will ensure that in years to come Alumni from the school will be captains of industry, investors and potential employers.
This understanding is what has made Peter Briger on of the most influential business minds in America. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he nurtured his love for business and deal-making to new levels. He would then hone these skills by attending the prestigious Wharton School of Business where he learnt much more. His 15 years stay with Goldman would prove to be very instrumental to both the bank and his own career.Those he worked with recognized his leadership abilities and by 96 he had made partner. It did not take long for Fortress investment group to notice this potential and he joined the team. This happened in 2002 at a time when Fortress investment group was growing rapidly. Having started with 400 million they were at the thirty billion mark and growing.
Peter Briger realized this was the kind of growth and ambition, he craved and as such rose through the ranks quite fast. By 2006 he had joined the board of directors and would help Fortress go public in 2007. This was no mean task as the group was already managing assets worth about 70 billion dollars. Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs were underwriting the IPO at the time. This was an area he was already familiar with and everything went on quite smoothly. The IPO would create the first billionaires for Fortress including the co-founders. The leadership skills of Peter Briger have been not only useful at the Fortress Investment Group but also applicable in other boards where he is a member. He hopes to continue mentoring younger entrepreneurs while at the same time growing Fortress.