It appears that many successful people just wake up and achieve what so many wish they could. No one sees their hard work, work ethic or focus to get things done. Even more, very few see or believe in vision for success. There are some people that were considered long shots in the world of business. After a gainful and financial reward, these same long shots sometimes bet on other long shots. It maybe them not forgetting how they were once seen but now with the money to afford to bet on long shots, they see the same winner in bets as they saw in themselves.
Wes Edens is an investor in long shots. While he is most notable for being the co founder of Fortress Investment Group, it is his other ventures that are more exciting. In a world of driverless cars development he is developing a passenger rail system in Florida linking the state together. While other places may try to move away from practical public transportation, he is moving toward it. Taking into account the sector that may not be in the market for a driverless car or even parking in metro areas, this may be a good investment that is an untapped market.
Wes Edens also became a co owner of the Milwaukee Bucks NBA basket ball team. This team that has not had a championship in a very long time has of late had resurgence. With some all stars added and a recent playoff appearance they have reactivated their fan base and made people take notice. Wes Edens has begun expending in sports ownership by also becoming a majority owner of a rising English soccer club called The Aston Villa. His investments does extend to clean energy infrastructure with his company New Fortress Energy developing projects in the United States and developing countries.
Wes Edens being a billionaire has not changed his thoughts on seeing value for what a business is not what people think. He has been making the unpopular bet throughout his career and it has paid off in large dividends.
As Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Barclays, PLC, Mike Bagguley is responsible for aligning company technology to services and domains, rationalizing the company operating platform, and maximizing strategies of execution.
Mike Bagguley graduated from theUniversity of Warwick with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1988 and he has worked at Barclays in various roles since 2001. Prior to taking on the role of COO for Barclays PLC, Mike Bagguley was the COO for Barclays Investment Bank. Throughout his career, he has gained a lot of experience in leadership.
Some of his accomplishments include the execution of a physical oil deal, integration of Rates, and FX and commodities businesses. He also earned second place in the Euromoney FX survey for the company. Barclays has never earned such a high ranking before. Also, during his time as head of macro product sales and training, Bagguley accelerated delivery and ensured that costs were minimized and profits increased. Additionally, he has a rich background in the financial sector which positions for success in his current role. Besides working at Barclays PLC, Mike is a shareholder representative director at LCH Group Holdings Limited and Clearnet Group Limited, a position he took up from 2011.
Mike Bagguley’s role at Barclays comes with many inescapable challenges. But he has proven time and again that he can handle the hard times just as effectively as he handles the good times. Bagguley’s work is good work and anyone would would vouch for him. Barclay’s has realized a lot of improvement since he became the COO. And even before this, he was a loyal employee in other departments of the bank.
The CEO and co-principal of Fortress Investment Group, Mr. Peter Briger, graduated with a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. This was after he had acquired his undergraduate degree at the Princeton University.Like any other graduate, Peter’s thoughts and imagination could have never gotten any closer to the kind of success story that he is today. However, his great achievements have not just occurred as a coincidence; it has been through sheer effort and working tenaciously towards the achievements.Immediately after school, Peter Briger started his career journey by working for a very reputable investment banking company, Goldman Sachs & Co. While here, Briger performed important roles in operations, leadership, and management. He also polished his theoretical knowledge from his school work with skills and experience in various expertise such as loans, trading, distressed debts and foreign investments.
This greatly sharpened his financial acumen, an aspect that saw him become a partner of his employer, Goldman Sachs. By this time, Peter was ripe to make his next career move.In 2002, Peter Briger moved to Fortress Investment Group where he joined as a co-CEO. The situation at the company was not impressive enough, and so Peter had a tough task ahead of him. Luckily, his 15 years at the Goldman Sachs & Co. had equipped him with adequate skills and technical know-how to face such challenges, and so he was up to the task.When he arrived at Fortress Group, the company was managing assets worth a meager $400 million. Shortly after his commencement of operations, the group’s investment tables started turning.
Within the first three years, the portfolio of the company had shot to $3.9 billion. By 2007, the value of the company had skyrocketed to a whopping $32 billion in assets under management. This was an incredible growth for the company that no one could have ever imagined. Currently, Peter Briger is still a co-principal and also the chairman of the Board of Directors at the Fortress Investment Group. Apart from his office commitments, Peter Briger also participates in the individual social responsibility. He participates in the community activities that he believes can improve the welfare of the members of the society. For example, he provides funds to educate children from the needy families in the society. This is because he is a strong believer in education and he believes that to eradicate poverty from a society, you must start by educating the young generation.
Louis Chenevert is a renowned Canadian businessman and has held various prominent positions in his career lifetime. He worked at the United Technologies Corporation where he served as the president and the CEO. He was appointed as the CEO from 2008 and served all through till his retirement in 2014. Before he joined United Technologies Corporation, Louis Chenevert served as the president of Pratt & Whitney.
The graduate from the Université de Montréal, École des Hautes études commerciales with Bachelors of Commerce, was awarded Honorary Doctorate in 2011 from the University of Montreal.
During an interview, Louis Chenevert says that the ideas in United Technologies were brought forward by significant executives who understood the needs of the clients and were passionate to deliver. The concepts of acquisition resulted in profound change and enhanced the company’s portfolio.
During his tenure in the company, he executed various ideas that changed the face of the organization entirely. Some of his ideas included the F135 engine sole source position which brought significant change in the military. Louis also came up with the GFT engine idea which was a major success due to its noise reduction, low fuel consumption and fewer parts. Louis Chenevert also oversaw the acquisition of Goodrich Aerospace which brought significant change to the company, and it was the largest acquisition ever.
Louis Chenevert says that while serving United Technologies Corporation, he mainly focused on operational skills and talents. He believed that engineering was the part that enhanced in bringing ideas to life. As a result, they produced products that met their customer satisfaction and collected revenue and profits. Being focused and having a clear vision as a leader with the crucial working tools and adequate funds results to a significant impact in an organization.
Louis Chenevert says to be a productive and a successful entrepreneur; he applied various tactics which include skills, passion, focus and being optimistic. He further states that empowering the key executives in their operations enables the team to deliver quality services. Louis emphasizes on getting the right team to work with. He says it is essential to appreciate the work of the team and inspire them and always reward risk taking.
Fortress Investment Group kicked off its campaign; in the year of 1998. Fortress Investment Group was the first of their kind, as they embarked on the quest to become the very first Investment Firm that deals with multiple opportunities for investment. So you don’t find yourself stuck with a limited amount of options; true pioneers in their world. Despite this huge risk of treading new waters; they led an impressive 10 year run of Non-Stop Improvement, and are still going strong today. Although they have been bought out by SoftBank for 3.3 billion USD: the SoftBank Group Corporation is a Japanese Multinational. Although this corporation bought Fortress, Fortress continues to operate as an independent entity and currently has headquarters in New York. Not only were they unique, but they were also the first alternative manager to go public. Fortress Investment Group continues in front of the alternative investment field. They managed to consistently stay in front year after year; after many other firms decided to follow the same footsteps.
Currently, Fortress Investment Group is divided into three principal categories: credit, private equity, and the Permanent Capital Vehicles Division. With it’s Credit Division beginning in 2002, they are involved with numerous different funds. Investing is a universal language, which is why their business model was successful on a tremendous scale. The Private-Equity division focuses on cash flow generation from control-oriented investments in the Caribbean, North America, and Western Europe. The capital Vehicles Division is mainly made up of five publicly traded Permanent Capital Vehicles: New Residential Investment Corp., Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, New Senior Investment Group, New Media Investment Group, and EuroCastle Investment Limited.
The story of FIG is inspiring, captivating, and educational. After learning more about the group; they have changed my perspective on investment drastically. I will start to make different decisions strategically when it comes to my finances, thus prospectively changing my point of view. Perspective is something that should be kept consistent, as our perspective changes daily. Over the years they evolved, also showing me the concept of breaking down one big goal into multiple small goals. With constant improvement and innovations; which (in my opinion) are representing their small breakdowns from the ultimate goal. Learning different strategies from people that have made massive success can be shown to help you. Taking these concepts further with additional investigation and research, we can achieve similar results to Fortress Investment Group bringing us abundance and wealth. Which will, of course, feel amazing.