Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan

August 24, 2018

Fortress Investment Group Continues to Operate Separately from Parent Company

Recently, the Japanese company, Softbank, acquired Fortress Investment Group for $3.3 billion, which signifies a new step for the ever-expanding company. Founded in 1981 by Masayoshi Son, Softbank has consistently maneuvered from sector to sector, finding considerable success, most notably in 1996, when they garnered a controlling share of Yahoo. The acquisition of Fortress Investment Group by Softbank will not bring about very many changes to the growing investment firm, as it will continue to function without interference from its new parent company. This decision was put into place in an effort to circumvent a number of regulatory issues that would have been issued by the Committee on Foreign Investments. There were still a number of hurdles during the process of finalizing the deal. With Softbank acquiring Fortress Investment Group, the investment firm lost its position on the New York Stock Exchange, while the holding conglomerate had to pay a premium of 39 percent to current shareholders, totaling to an $8.08 gain per share. Softbank also had several other significant transactions in the works, including its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, and a 25 percent share of Arm Holdings, that was transferred to their Vision Fund.

In an effort to ensure that the acquisition of Fortress Investment Group would go through, Masayoshi Son aligned himself with President Donald Trump, subsequently offering to invest $50 billion in the United States; President Trump went on to highlight the efforts of Softbank in 2017 during a joint session of Congress. Over the years, Fortress Investment Group has experienced a number of successful ventures during its rise to prominence, including a major leap in 2007, as it “became the first private equity firm in the United States to be publicly traded.” Despite being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and becoming the first private equity firm to undergo the process, the top brass at Fortress, particularly co-chair, Wes Edens, believe that this move will offer the company a newfound freedom, stating that “the team won’t miss the regular earnings calls.” In the future, Softbank plans to utilize its $93 billion Vision Fund alongside Fortress, but in a separate capacity.

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April 27, 2017

George Soros – Creating a Difference in the World of Business

George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930. According to Forbes, he fled his country and paid for his business school at the London school of economics while working as a railway porter. He later started his finance career at the merchant bank. He moved to New York later here he started on Wall Street and established a hedge fund in 1969 using 12 million dollars. This is what was later rebranded to the Quantum Fund.

He made an impressive profit in 1992 when he broke the Bank of England by shorting the British Pound with help from his friend, Stan DruckenMiller. Many years later, he remains a force to reckon with as he continues his investment endeavors through his Soros fund management. His assets, family assets, including his family office, worth average at about 30 billion dollars. He hired a renowned Wall Street financial management expert Dawn Fitzpatrick in 2017 to run and manage his portfolio. She is the chief investment officer of Soros fund management and the seventh person to hold this position since 2000.

Soros is also known for his fierce criticism of President Trump. He is well known for his strong support towards liberal causes. George Soros has been affiliated to a number of organizations throughout this career and life. He has been with the F.M. Mayer, Wertheim & Company, Arnold & S. Bleichroeder as well as the Soros Fund Management. Read this story at Politico about George Soros.

Mr. Soros is famous for many things but he is most recognized for risking 10 billion on the British currency speculation. From this correct speculation, he made over one billion in profits in a day and ultimately over 2 billion was pocketed as profit. He is also famous for running the Quantum Fund whose annual generation was always more than 30% annually when he was in charge. Apart from his business associations and achievements, he is also well known for strong political stands and philanthropic activities. Visit to know more about George Soros.

He fled Hungary to England in 1947 where he graduated from London school of economics in 1952, which gave him an entry level job in a bank. He later migrated to the US where he served as financial analyst and held several investment management positions in different firms that he was associated with like the Mayer, Wertheim & Co. as well as Arnold & Bleichroeder.

His unique investment style is what has always put him ahead of his competitors. He is a master in the translation of broad brush economic trends to killer plays and leveraged currencies and binds. He is a short-term speculator that makes huge bets on financial markets directions. He describes the financial market as chaotic and that prices of securities depend on human traders, professional and non-professionals who purchase them.