When Wes Edens and his partner Marc Lasry decided to acquire the Milwaukee Bucks they were taking their first step as sports investors. Wes Edens knew that this was an area he wanted to invest in and they would spend 550 million dollars for the acquisition of a majority stake from Herb Kohl, the then owner. He was looking for investors who would promise to keep the team in Wisconsin, and the two pledged to do everything it would take to keep the team there. The need to build an arena that would replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center and give the team a permanent home. Wes Edens recently commissioned the new arena and by doing so fulfilled the promise they had made in 2014. This would be his first venture into sports, but not his last.
In recent years a lot of investors have been looking for an opportunity to invest in the English football scene. The investments have proved to be quite lucrative, and billionaires have been looking forward to making investments there. Wes Edens had taken note of this trend and was also looking for a piece of the pie. He and another business partner Nassef Sawiris found the perfect opportunity when they agreed with the management of Aston Villa to make a significant investment in the club. The club which has been in existence for more than 100 years is currently playing in the championship having missed an opportunity to return to the EPL in May. The club now under Wes Edens and chairman Nassef Sawiris will be seeing a number of changes in its ranks. The two are determined and willing to bring on more quality players to help the club return to its former form when it was in a position to challenge other teams for at least a top-four finish in the English Premier League. Edens, who has worked at the Fortress Investment Group for the last 20 years where he is a founding member, has always been aware of his ability to spot opportunities where none seemed to exist. Wes is also a father of four.