Wes Edens entered the professional world by graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Finance in 1984. After many years of working in the area of finance, Wes Edens and several colleagues co-founded Fortress, a private equity and hedge fund firm. He made his fortune through Fortress and continues to lead it. In 2014, Wes Edens became a co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. In 2017 Fortress was sold to SoftBank for several billion dollars. The top leadership of the company remained the same. In recent years, Wes Edens has attempted to solve the notoriously bad traffic of South Florida by constructing the Brightline railroad line between Miami to Fort Lauderdale.
The high-speed train takes only 30 minutes to travel from Miami to Fort Lauderdale. All the while, passengers can enjoy comfortable seating, food services, and free Wi-Fi. A one-way ticket only costs these passengers $10 or $15 depending on the chosen coach. The two coach options are Smart Service and Select Service. All seats of both coaches are equipped with free Wi-Fi, multiple USB outlets, and tables. The train is equipped to carry and store most carry-ons including bikes, wheelchairs, and strollers.
In addition, both coaches have access to food and drinks. The bathroom facilities are all state-of-the-art. The Brightline project was seen as very risky since Floridians are famous for loving to drive their cars. Brightline currently operates every day of the year with adjusted schedules during some holidays. The completely American-made train cars were designed by the architectural company, Rockwell Group. Edens plans to extend the track to other Florida cities. As he does so, ticket prices are also expected to increase. He also has future plans to do the same thing in other states throughout the country. The next non-Florida train line project will likely extend one from Chicago to St. Louis.