Peter Briger Proves To Be Instrumental In Why SoftBank Bought Fortress Investment Group

Fortress Investment Group, LLC, is one of the biggest alternative asset management firms in the world. It has an interesting history as it set two firsts. Founded in 1998, it was the first company of its kind to go public when it held an IPO in 2007. It was also the first of its kind to go back to being privately held when SoftBank of Japan bought all of its outstanding shares last year.

Peter Briger has been along for most of Fortress Investment Group’s history. He joined in 2002 and oversees its credit division. This division manages Fortress Investment Group’s credit and real estate business. He is a graduate of Princeton University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He then attended the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a masters degree in business administration. He spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs before leaving for Fortress.

While at Goldman Sachs, Peter Briger was assigned to managing investments in Asia, in particular debt and real estate. He was also on two of their committees which are the Japan Executive Committee and the Asian Management, Global Control and Compliance. It was his history of investing in Asia that made Fortress a particularly attractive investment for SoftBank. SoftBank is a Japanese company that, while it invests around the world, is especially interested to invest in the Asian economy.

While Fortress Investment Group is headquartered in New York, New York, Peter Briger works at its office in San Francisco, California. When he did work in New York City, Peter Briger was a big supporter of the Central Park Conservancy as he supplied this organization with a lot of money. In San Francisco, he has continued to support the community. This includes providing money to the not-for-profit Tipping Point, which helps low-income families. He also serves on the board of Caliber Schools, an organization that has charter schools in Northern California.

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