Fortress Investment Group (FIG) was founded two decades ago by Wes Edens and Randal Nardone, skilled business administrators with a wealth of experience in the finance sector. During its inception, FIG operated as a small equity firm serving some few parts of the United States.
Today, Fortress Investment Group has transitioned to a global investment manager managing billions of assets. Moreover, the group owns a diversity of physical and financial investment vehicles distributed across the world’s real estate and finance industry.
In a recent announcement, Fortress Investment Group announced that it had acquired the Iconic Tiffany Building, a luxury shopping mall located at Worth Avenue in Florida’s Palm Beach.
Why does Fortress Investment Group regard Tiffany Building as a gem in its portfolio?
Tiffany Building is strategically located at Worthy Avenue, a premier shopping destiny, and a prime real estate space in the United States. The avenue hosts important establishments like Cartier, a leading seller of jewelry, and Versace, a giant fashion company.
Worth Avenue is recognized amongst other leading retail districts like Lincoln Road, Miami, and Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.
Fortress management says that the acquisition is an excellent addition to FIG’s prime investment vehicles like Springleaf Financial Services, Mount Kellet, Florida East Coast Railway, Penn National Gaming, Intrawest, and RailAmerica.
Greg Matus, the brokerage expert who negotiated the acquisition said that Fortress Investment Group was privileged to own a real estate space in Worth Avenue. “Very few assets exchange hands in this business destiny,” said Greg Matus.
The acquisition of Tiffany Building is one of the main developments that Fortress has made since it was acquired by Softbank, a giant investment firm in the world’s technology industry.
Investment Critics Views on FIG’s Latest Acquisition
Top investment critics say that Fortress’ latest acquisition was an extension of the group’s plans to develop Brightline, a rail service that will connect Las Vegas to Southern California. At present, the project is under development.
Fortress was also planning to connect Atlanta to Charlotte, St. Louis to Chicago, and Houston to Dallas. However, these rail projects were reliant on the success of the Las Vegas-Southern California project.