Fortress Investment Group started its life as only a private equity firm in 1998 by Wes Edens and Randy Nardone. Its primary focus is asset-based businesses and the use of control-oriented investments in capital generating assets mainly in North America, West Europe, and the Caribbeans. Fortress’ Private Equity team uses value-position, opportunistic investment proposals with a large, experienced management team that works hands-on with addressable markets because Fortress has the expertise in the field. Fortress Investment Group has 919 asset employees and 209 investment professionals at their offices internationally.
Although, Fortress Investment Group is open to investments within a large variety of industries, the four main industries that they have made major private equity investments in Financial Services, Energy and Infrastructure, Healthcare, and Transportation. In Financial Services they are exiting non-regulated financial organizations to focus on favorable opening created by banks. In Energy and Infrastructure, they work with transportation and storage but the main focus is investments connected to the transformation of natural gas to base fuel. In Healthcare the main focus is to create a better way to provide lower cost healthcare delivery systems for the growing base such as senior living, online facilitation, and maternity care. In Transportation, the main focus is buying undermanaged infrastructure and transportation assets with large development projects and long-term capital gain.
Fortress Investment Group has five core competencies. The first is where Fortress specializes in asset-based investing with its private equity funds and credit funds. Their expertise is broadly investing in diverse sets of asset types. The second is Fortress’ Industry Knowlege and the diverse team can execute industry-specific investments and has strong working relationships with organizations and individuals internationally. The third is Operations Management, where Fortress uses their set of tools for assessing operational structural and strategic oppositions. The fourth is where Fortress uses their experience in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions to enable them to cooperate with boards of directors and management teams to determine the best structuring and execution of the target investment. The final is Capital Markets because Fortress uses their expertise in securing cheap, low-risk financing for the investments by using other assets.
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