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Fortress Billionaire Wes Edens Bets on `Freedom Gas' Exports

  • New Fortress Energy aims to ship U.S. LNG throughout Caribbean
  • It also plans facility to export shale gas from Pennsylvania
Wes Edens
Wes EdensPhotographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg
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Wes Edens is an unlikely evangelist for the benefits of U.S. natural gas exports -- or "freedom gas," as the Department of Energy likes to call it.

The 57-year-old billionaire is a creature of Wall Street. After stints at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and BlackRock Inc., he co-founded Fortress Investment Group, the private equity and hedge fund firm. He has the trophy assets to go with his fortune: Co-ownership of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team and storied English soccer club Aston Villa (newly promoted to the Premier League, too).