It would be a massive understatement to say that the past year has been one of the most important and eventful that has ever occurred in the twenty year history of the Fortress Investment Group. It is undoubtedly the most eventful that has occurred since the IPO for Fortress Investment Group that occurred in 2007 and it is certainly as formative as the firm’s 1998 founding. 2018 was a year represented by major expansions as well as transitions as Fortress Investment Group became a part of the major Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. The addition of Fortress to the family of companies already under the SoftBank banner is a moment that represents a massive amount of potential for both of these prestigious firms. One thing that is certain is that the future looks brighter than ever now for the team at Fortress and SoftBank has gained a valuable company that allows it to easily expand into areas that it desires to.
The 1998 founding of the Fortress Investment Group truly was a major watershed for the investment industry in a general sense. The firm has made a name for itself in many areas including the hedge fund sector and it has grown into one of the world’s most respected firms in the alternative asset management area. Today’s Fortress Investment Group is a global financier of significant distinction that has only grown more since its 2007 IPO. The firm now looks forward to the next chapter in its history as a member of the impressive SoftBank family of firms.
Now that the big deal with SoftBank is complete and Fortress has joined this major conglomerate, the next big move is an entrance into the world of luxury real estate. The Fortress team have an impressive amount of past experience in the real estate field but this will be taken to another level with the backing of SoftBank. Proof of this is the massive TSX Broadway project being undertaken in New York City in the Times Square area. This project is coming in at an impressive $2.5 billion and it represents the creation of a unique retail space along with some of the world’s best entertainment and hotel accommodation.
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JHSF is Brazil’s leading real estate company that deals in commercial and residential incorporation. The company that opened its first office in 1972 takes part in the administration and development of shopping centers and state-of-the-art hotels. It made headlines by investing in an airport to the delight of its clients. Some of the factors contributing to its success include sustainability, quality, and its power of innovation and guts to invest in new ground. JHSF extended its operations in Manaus, Salvador, and São Paulo. Additionally, the company opened more branches in New York, and one office in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Fábio Auriemo started the company but his son, José Auriemo, took over the leadership. He doesn’t disappoint because of his expertise capabilities to develop the company over the years.
One of the famous JHSF investments is Parque Cidade Jardim complex that sits on an 80,000-square-meter area. The four offices and nine residential towers give the tenants enough space to do their activities without congestion. The larger portion of the complex includes a shopping mall comprising of 180 stores and the remaining part the Fasano hotels and some apartments. The unique design of the mall attracted more recognized companies to set up shops including Empório Fasano, Daslu; Casa do Saber and Cinemark. Besides, Ermenegildo Zegna, Armani, and Louis Vuitton are some of the top international brands with outlets in the complex. José Auriemo facilitated the Garden City and the Fasano chain of hotels and agreed with Daslu to invest in Brazil through Eliana Tranchesi stores. JHSF is the proud owner of Shopping Metrô Tucuruvi among other investments.
José Auriemo, the Chairman of JHSF, continues to develop his father’s investment through his investment skills. Before taking over the Chairmanship, he worked as the Chief Executive Office leading the development of the company’s offices, public developments, and hotels. Besides facilitating the construction of the various company’s properties, he anchored the company to survive the Brazilian economic setback in 2016 and 2017. The talented executive honed his leadership skills at the Sao Paulo University’s FAAP, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, before throwing his weight behind the family business in 1993. He founded Parkbem, a parking management company four years later. The company did well giving José Auriemo the impetus to venture more in the shopping malls and shops.
When Holley first broke ground in Wisconsin, it fell into the opportunity to manufacture carburetors for almost every vehicle that found itself leaving Detroit after being manufactured. This alone is what gave them the kickstart they needed as a company. From there, they were able to expand their reach by entering the auto racing scene as they proved they were about delivering high-performance solutions.
Winding up 2018, it was announced in October that Lincolnshire Management has officially exited Holley Performance Products. This is a daring move, but one that wasn’t done in a way that will hinder the future of Holley over the years. In fact, it allowed for a merger that makes 2 brands even more powerful in their own sense, with both working hand in hand.
It wasn’t a moment met with a lack of valuable memories.
While it only made it about 6 years in the Lincolnshire Management portfolio, give or take, it still has come a long way since they first got their hands on it. They were able to not only maintain its customer base but grow it as well by reaching other audiences it didn’t reach before. While exiting the brand doesn’t seem like a way for them to show their appreciation for it, exiting in the way they did surely does.
Driven Performance Brands is a portfolio that directly targets car owners that care. The ones you’d see adding the new upgrades and detailing their cars every other day if not every day. It’s a portfolio full of brands for those that demand the best and newest. Those that keep the auto life close to heart. So, therefore, Lincolnshire Management did well by making a move to continue to allow Holley Performance Products to continue hitting the true connoisseurs of cars.
Sometimes you must let a brand go for it to continue to grow.
As you can see, this is exactly what Lincolnshire Management had to do. Sure, it was a valuable addition to their portfolio, but they were able to make almost 3 times their initial investment. By increasing the value of Holley Performance Products like that, it was nothing but a gain on their ends. They’re the smart ones of the industry for making such a decision.
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Shervin Pishevar is one of the most accomplished people in the world of tech finance. He is the founder and CEO of Investment company, one of the most prominent and prolific venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. He has been instrumental in the founding and growth of Virgin Hyperloop, Uber and Airbnb. Shervin Pishevar has also founded a number of companies on his own, including Ionside, WebOS and Social Gaming Network.
Shervin Pishevar also runs one of the most-followed Twitter accounts in the technology sector. He has more than 100,000 followers, who hang on his every word. Recently, Shervin Pishevar engaged in a more than 24-hour tweet storm where he went into detailed analyses regarding a wide breadth of topics. One of the topics that he addressed is the current problems that tech monopolies are posing for startups.
Pishevar is no stranger to the world of cutthroat tech startups. As someone who has helped to launch dozens of companies, he has seen the many methods that are used by the Big Five tech monopolies to shut down potential competitors before they reach the point of posing a serious threat to the monopolists’ markets.
Shervin Pishevar says that one of the ways in which new startups are driven off is through the particularly nasty practice of lawfare. The way it works is that companies like Google, with nearly unlimited cash reserves, can invest $50 or $100 million in paying teams of top-end lawyers to harass competitors with nuisance lawsuits.
In many cases, these lawsuits are completely specious. Yet, the companies who are targeted by them are forced to show up in court and defend themselves, lest they incur default judgments that could put them out of business. The fact that companies like Google can outspend these new startups by factors of 10,000:1 or more means that, eventually, these firms can be exhausted by court costs.
Even when the monopolies lose, they win because even if they end up having to pay court costs, all of that money comes out of operating capital until the court case has been resolved. And in many cases, such resolutions can take years.
Stream Energy was founded in the year 2005, and it is a company that provides energy, wireless, protective and home services to its large clientele base. Stream Energy is worldly renowned, and currently, it serves in over seven states, and some of these include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas. Stream is concerned about its environment, and their social responsibility is to give back to the society to make it a better place. This prompted the formation of Stream Care Center which is an organization they formed to give back to the society since the company is making a lot of revenue in energy sales.
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Dallas Patch recognizes brands that are socially responsible and give back to the society or partake in activities that are of benefit to the society. In 2018, Dallas Patch featured Stream Care Center as the new philanthropic foundation in town that was helping the community at large. Back when Hurricane Harvey caused havoc in Houston, Stream Care Center is among the foundations that chipped in and helped the people in that area affected by it. Stream Care is also in partnership with the Hope Supply Company in Dallas that is a company that strives to help the people that are homeless in the area. Their partnership has been ongoing for close to four years and is involved in providing basic needs such as shelter and clothing.
Stream Energy has been involved in a lot of philanthropic efforts that strive to assist people during natural disasters and calamities. Some of their philanthropic efforts include:
- They have worked with Habitat for Humanity that offers cheap mortgages to people and free labor for the repairment and building of new and old houses.
- They have worked with Red Cross several times offering aid to individuals affected by natural calamities and providing them with food.
- They worked with the Salvation Army back in 2016 to provide relief food and money to individuals that were affected by the tornado that occurred in Texas.
- The organization continues to make major strides in the country.
Although they aren’t household names to most Americans, Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis have long been known throughout the North American direct-selling business as some of the most talented and astute entrepreneurs to have ever graced the industry. Responsible for the formation of dozens of great companies, the couple has enjoyed immense wealth and power within the industry for decades.
But as Ray and Lewis approached the typical retirement age, they pondered whether it was time for them to finally hang up the towel and enjoy the fruits of their labors. In August of 2009, the couple finally took the plunge, trading in their lives of quintessential workaholics for the leisure and luxury of retirement in an exclusive Florida community. But old habits die hard. It didn’t take long for Ray and Lewis to develop a serious itch for the fast-paced excitement and deep sense of meaning that they left behind when they exited the business world. They started selling a few products out of the garage of their Florida mansion. Soon, the couple was back to spending 70 hours per week and more on their new venture, which was now trading under the name of Jeunesse Global.
Early on, both Ray and Lewis made the conscious strategic decision that they would focus their new venture on the East Asian market. The couple had travelled extensively through the region and was well aware that the population had been stuck under the jackboot of communism for the better part of a half century. Ray and Lewis knew that as free market reforms continued to take hold throughout countries like China and Vietnam, that those markets would represent one of the most bounteous opportunities in the history of commerce. They quickly started making efforts to recruit some of the top product distributors from the region.
This bet would prove to be one of the best that Ray and Lewis ever made. Today, Jeunesse Global is a force majeure throughout much of the East Asia region. It has made billions of dollars in sales, much of which have come from its health and beauty products that are specially tailored to the Chinese market.