In 1998, three gentlemen contemplated creating a unique type of investment management firm that would raise equity fund and invest it in cutting-edge vehicles. The three gentlemen; Wesley R. Edens, Rob Kauffman, and Randal Nardone, founded Fortress Investment Group which was only a private equity firm. Later, the form grew into a large alternative asset business that manages alternative investment strategies for its clients. Currently, Fortress manages private equity, hedge find, credit fund, permanent capital vehicles and other traditional asset strategies.The operations of Fortress Investment Group has been divided into three segments; credit, permanent capital vehicles, and private equity divisions. The section constitutes of Fortress Credit Opportunities Funds, Fortress Real Estate Opportunities Funds, Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds, Drawbridge Real Assets Funds, Fortress Japan Opportunity Funds, Fortress Secured Lending Fund, Fortress Japan Income Fund, and the Drawbridge Long Dated Value Funds. The division was launched in 2002 after the arrival of Peter Briger, who is currently the chief of the segment; alongside Dean Dakolias, who joined Fortress in 2001.
The investments in this class are global and concentrate more on illiquid and distressed credit investments and also on the undervalued assets.The private equity section mainly focuses on the generation of cash flow. The division is led by Wes Edens and Randal Nardone. The operations of this section catapult by the extensive expertise of Fortress Investment Group in the management of assets from all economic sectors; be it healthcare, transport, energy and infrastructure, and the financial services industry.The other division is the permanent capital vehicles segment. What dominates this section is the management of the permanent capital vehicles that are traded publicly. These are the Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, New Residential Investment Corp., Eurocastle Investment Limited, New Media Investment Group, and the New Senior Investment Group. All these entities concentrate their investments on senior housing in the United States, real estate related assets in Italy, local media assets, transportation infrastructure, and residential real estate.
About Fortress Group
Fortress Investment Group is an alternative asset investment manager headquartered in New York. It’s currently the leader of the investment management globally. The firm manages a total of over $60 billion in assets for its international clients who are both private and institutional investors. The company has immensely grown over the years, leading to the opening of new headquarters in San Francisco, Shanghai, and Singapore. Fortress has also increased the number of its employees and professionals to over 900; to enable the firm smoothly run its operations globally.