Wes Edens: Soccer and Trains

Along with Nassef Sawiris, Wes Edens bought the Aston Villa soccer team from Tony Xia, who will stay on the soccer team’s co-chairman. While the exact amount of the stake isn’t known, it was said that it’s a pretty significant investment. What is known, though, is that Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris now own 55% of the soccer team, which puts them at the majority. Even though the amount isn’t known, it was public knowledge that the soccer team needed around £70 million to take care of their operating costs for next season.

Edens and Sawiris are taking on a pretty big challenge because the team lost the championship in 2016 and they’ve lost some of their best players. They are going to focus on strengthening the team and get them back to winning. They’re confident that they will be able to help the team get back to its roots and be the historic team once again.

Besides purchasing the soccer team, Wes Edens has also made traveling between Miami and Fort Lauderdale much less complicated. The drive should take around 45 minutes, but traffic and other issues rarely make that possible. With Brightline, a privately owned and operated passenger train system, makes it so the ride is just 30 minutes. Passengers can enjoy leather seats, food, and free Wi-Fi.

A one way ticket on this train costs $10, which is much cheaper than what an Uber would charge you. Currently, the train can also be ridden to West Palm Beach and, hopefully, Orlando in the near future. This would make the trip be 2 hours at the max, which is great because driving would be at least 2.5 hours. One of the reasons it’s so fast is because it goes around 80mph, while driving yourself would only be around 35mph with traffic. If you ride to Orlando, it would go to around 135mph! Wes Edens understands the need to get where you’re going when you need to without having to worry about leaving earlier. Most Miami drivers don’t like leaving their cars but, so far, everyone has been relatively happy with the train. Read full article

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