Softbank, a Japanese company founded in 1981, recently acquired Wes Edens Fortress Investment Group for $3.3 billion. Although Softbank now owns the company, nothing about the day to day business or overall management will change. In fact, before the transaction took place, Softbank was required to sign a hands-off agreement. In addition, Softbank was required to pay a certain amount for each share, which meant that FIG’s shareholders would also profit by the acquisition. This acquisition will prove to be an enormous advancement for both companies.
Softbank has grown much since it was originally founded by Masayoshi Son. For its first few years it was a PC software wholesale company. It really morphed throughout the 1990s with it entering computer trade, computer magazine publishing, and acquiring a controlling interest in Yahoo! And that was really only the beginning. It currently has stakes in over 400 internet companies worldwide. One of its biggest innovations has been its development of the Vision Fund. Currently valued at about $93 billion, the VF is the largest investment fund ever.
Its newest acquisition, Wes Edens Fortress, was first co-founded by its Randy Nardone (current CEO) and Wes Edens (current co-chair) in 1998. It has also done extremely well, becoming the first publicly traded U.S. private equity firm in 2007. Today, Wes Edens Fortress manages the assets of 1,750 private investors and institutional clients. In all, controls around $40 billion in worldwide assets. SoftBank’s also recently acquired Boston Dynamics.
Softbank remains led by its founder who today serves as its CEO. After Donald Trump was inaugurated president of the U.S., Son personally pledged to invest $50 billion in the country via Softbank. Son is now looking to lead Softbank to create a new London-based company known as Softbank Financial Services. Experts predict that Softbank’s success will most likely keep going up and up for the foreseeable future.
Propelled by innovation and uniqueness, Stream Energy Company is among thetop direct selling energy firms around the globe. The firm was established in the year 2005 from an idea of using word of mouth to sell energy products. Stream Energy has managed to position itself in the crowded energy industry by use of unique services and products. Energy marketplace is crowded with thousands of independent dealers all over the country.
Stream has its service centers in a variety of places such as Georgia, New York, Ohio, Washington DC, Maryland, Texas and New Jersey. As a corporation, Stream Company opened a philanthropy arm with the aim of helping to improve people’s livelihoods. The firm uses this arm to give back to the community through its various dual advantages. It also uses the arm to earn respect and loyalty of its potential customers and the entire public.
Corporate kindness act is among the most publicized and high-profile activities across all industries. Stream Energy has been using its quality services to build and cement its long-lasting relationships with organizations such as the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. It also works on building strong relationships with employees and other corporate management with the aim of driving grassroots funding.
Additionally, Stream Energy uses its direct selling of energy products to build a network of loyal customers by paying its associates. The firm offers a variety of products and services that range from fixed-rate energy to more sophisticated mobile phone programs. Moreover, the firm delivers both corporate and residential services such as telemedicine and virtual doctors and discounted clean energy.
The company has a well-designed program for paying commissions to its associates depending on their sales that they attain by working as individual business owners and entrepreneurs. Through this program, Stream Energy allows its associates great chances to build and develop their business links to the customers.
Homelessness is one of the main challenges that Stream Energy Associates care about. They have always been concerned with helping people who are left homeless by either natural or other causes. The company extends its helpful hand to the people of Dallas and works on settling down such matters.
Having acquired a degree in economics, Sahm Adrangi has used his knowledge to bring impact in the society. He is located in the United States and has grown to be a great entrepreneur. The skills and knowledge he has given him the chance to work with many companies where he has conducted investments analysis and given his feedback on the credit fund and equity fund. The ability to analyze the credibility value of companies has made him gain more experience.
At the moment, Sahm Adrangi is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kerrisdale Company. The company gives him the chance to work with other businesses and organizations. He helps to keep the companies on their toes by giving them the reports on credibility value. Therefore, his work has paved the way for him to assist the economy to grow to greater heights.
Moreover, he gets the opportunity to give both negative and positive reports for the given company to readjust and continue progressing. He had the opportunity to report on Eastman Kodak Company. Kodak Company was started in the late nineteenth century as a filming and photography company. Over the years it has tried to improve its strategy to be digital regarding filming and printing. However, the report Sahm Adrangi gives on the company is mostly negative.
He states that the company has put in place strategies that will lead to its downfall rather than its progress. For instance, the Kodak Company is becoming a sham. This is because the durability of the ownership is compromised through the introduction of other technologies to help in management. The company uses Blockchain which can disrupt many systems, yet it is not ready to curb the damages if it occurs.
Also, the company’s liquidity is higher compared to the cash value present which is evident on the balance sheets. Therefore, the gross leverage is at a high percentage than the way it should be. According to Sahm Adrangi, the only solution to this problem is a total restructuring of the company to gain positive transformation and growth.
The revenue of the Kodak Company has also dropped over the years displaying poor managerial skills of the executive. For this to change, the restructuring should start from the managers to other staff to ensure efficient services and in the long run growth.
For years, Brazil has struggled with the things they are doing. They did not have a great real estate industry and that made issues for the people who lived there and the people who wanted to come there. José Auriemo Neto knew this when he started his real estate development company. He had always wanted to make sure things are going to work for him so he chose to join the real estate development industry. It gave him the motivation he needed to make the industry the best it could be. It also allowed him the chance to show people they could benefit from the things he was offering.
Out of everything José Auriemo Neto has done, he knew real estate development would be one of the best ways he could make money and could make the industry better. For José Auriemo Neto to do this, he had to be sure he was going to be successful. He also had to be prepared for what the real estate industry would bring. He wanted to make sure there was going to be enough work for him to show people what they could get from different situations. It allowed him the chance to make sure there were many different opportunities on his own.
While José Auriemo Neto was doing this, he was also learning what the people of Brazil wanted. Many of them simply wanted the ability to have buildings that were intended for shopping and commercial purposes. He chose to set aside the time that he had worked on different things so he could help other people. He liked what he was doing with the industry and that is what made him a better real estate developer. By helping people out with their issues, José Auriemo Neto was making a positive change in Brazil.
The founder and current chief investment officer of Kerrisdale Capital Management is famously known for publishing and short selling research. Sahm graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Sahm started out his career as an analyst in the leveraged finance group at the Deutsche Bank in April 2004. Sahm then went on to become Analyst in the bankruptcy restructuring group of Chanin Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank based in Los Angeles and New York. In April 2007.Sahm became an analyst at Longacre Fund Management LLC a $2 billion distressed debt fund. In 2009.Sahm founded Kerrisdale capital management.
SahmAdrangi launched Kerrisdale capital management with a little under a million dollars but has been involved in every aspect of the company’s development and has seen it rise to managing over 150 million dollars in under a decade. Kerrisdale conducts and shares research hoping to correct wildly viewed business aspects. The research is published on the Kerrisdale website and third-party sites like Twitter and other social media platforms.
In a recent article by Fortune in 2016, an insider in Kerrisdale tells the paper that the firm has raised roughly a hundred million dollars to bet against a single stock. Kerrisdale is known to bet against companies and all of its bets are made public. Some of the most famous bets were made against globally acclaimed drug makers and satellite companies. Although the name of the targeted company had not been released by the time of the publishing of the article, Kerrisdale investors had been made aware of the company’s plans.
Kerrisdale manages over $500 million worth of funds and its main hedge fund averages a return of 28% annually. Kerrisdale was planning on taking on a company that was worth the upwards of $10 billion and the investors had been made aware of the risks. In order to solidify position in the firm, Kerrisdale had begun buying stock in the firm. The short selling expertise of Sahm has seen the company grow a lot over the years.
Roberto Santiago is a widely known businessman located in Brazil. That’s due to the fact that he owns Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping. He’s the business’ namesake as well. Manaira Shopping Mall is in João Pessoa, Brazil. Santiago actually has the distinction of being among the large South American nation’s most famed businessmen. People in the country are often familiar with his face and achievements alike. This entrepreneur is extremely proud of his work with Manaira Shopping Mall. It has a convenient location in his beloved hometown as well. Santiago is a tradition of sorts in João Pessoa.
People who live in Paraiba frequently flock to Manaira Shopping Mall to accommodate all sorts of needs. Manaira Shopping Mall is a haven for people who are interested in retail therapy and all kinds of exciting and thrilling shopping opportunities. It’s also a haven for people who are interested in pure entertainment. Fans of recreation often can’t resist heading to Manaira Shopping Mall. People sometimes visit the mall on their own. They frequently visit it with their closest friends and family members, too. The mall is a popular destination for social gatherings of all varieties.
João Pessoa was Santiago’s place of birth. That’s the reason it’s a place that’s so close to his heart. He studied at Pio X-Marist College. After that, he enrolled at the University Centre of João Pessoa. He learned all about business at the institution of higher learning. It provided him with a business bachelor degree, too. That degree has proved to be highly useful throughout the successful entrepreneur’s long career. Santiago secured a position with Café Santa Rosa. This was the name of a firm that specialized in décor. His goal in working with Café Santa Rosa was to begin his career in earnest. He made the decision to exit his position there after a while. This was because he wanted to do more in business. He established Cartonnage Company. Santiago started out by focusing on carton sales. He created cartons that were produced using cardboard. Cartonnage Company expanded after some time, too. It eventually started to create a range of decorative items.
Cartonnage Company became a bona fide success after some time. That’s exactly when Santiago made the leap and entered the real estate investment realm. He realized quickly, too, that he was intelligent to do so. Santiago is a businessman who has a lot of drive and devotion. He’s an entrepreneur who is always more than willing to put in hard work and effort. That’s one of the many reasons he’s been such a capable and admired real estate investor throughout the years. That’s also why he’s been such an undeniable force in the massive business universe.
Mexico took the world’s franchise sector by storm in 2015 when Omar Yunes won the Best Franchisee of the World award. The 2015 edition was the nation’s first participation in the global competition that brings together 34 countries. The other countries which participated in the competition included the host, Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Portugal, Argentina, and France.
The BFW award
The BFW is a global event that honors the efforts and contributions of franchisees from different brands. They are shortlisted through a series of national competitions. The grand finale, therefore, brings together the best national franchisees representing some of the most reputable brands.
The Objective of the Competitions
The BFW aims at rewarding teamwork, innovation, leadership and the extent of contribution to the brand as well as the network. It also recognizes individual attainments such as invoices, savings, and employee motivation. Moreover, the award serves as a motivation to the franchisees as well as a platform for sharing and promotion of business concepts.
Omar Yunes has been a franchisee for the Japanese food chain brand Sushi Itto since he was 21 years old. Today he owns 13 units in Mexico distributed throughout the cities of Mexico, Veracruz, and Puebla. The number represents about 10% of the brand’s franchise units.
A total of 34 franchisees from various cities in the country took part in the Mexican chapter of the competition. Omar Yunes became the winning finalist at the qualifier due to his innovation and creation of better information management. Ivan Tamer of Prendamex was the second best finalist. He received recognition for his innovative tool that revolutionized the entire marketing system of the brand’s network of pawn shops.
Boosting the Brand name
Sushi Itto already stands out for its unique flavor and hospitality. However, Omar Yunes’ win of the BFW award gave it a significant boost in the industry. It brought to the world’s attention the brand’s efforts to excel at its services. Omar appreciated the brand’s support for innovations by franchisees. Benjamin Cancelmo, the brand’s CEO expressed that Sushi Itto views these awards as efforts to propel it to greater heights. Visit his Website.
Sheldon Lavin is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the OSI Group, LLC. He has a high profile in the food processing industry and is currently serving OSI International Foods as their President. Mr. Lavin is involved in many aspects of the company’s operations. His knowledge in the industry dates back to 1970 when he was an integral part of financing Otto & Sons, which eventually became the OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin’s leadership and vision evolved the OSI Group at an accelerated pace and they quickly grew from a processing company for domestic foods to an international leader in the industry. This growth resulted in the establishment of sixty locations in sixty countries.
Sheldon Lavin received the Global Visionary Award presented to him by India’s Vision World Academy in 2016. This was to honor his amazing accomplishments including taking the OSI Group to an international level and contributing to the growth of jobs throughout the world. Mr. Sheldon Lavin humbly expressed his honor at receiving the award and rightfully takes pride in achieving global growth for the OSI Group. His life has been spent in the welfare of his company and properly taking care of all of his employees.
In addition to the OSI Group’s global expansion the company has received numerous awards. They have been honored for both sustainability and environmental excellence during the time Sheldon Lavin led the company. His greatest hope is that the next generation of leaders in the business world will have the correct priorities. When Sheldon Lavin was asked about all his accomplishments and successes he said he was hoping to inspire the new corporate leaders to understand the dedication required to lead the growth of their companies, be responsible in the growth of global commerce and make the best possible opportunities available for their employees.
Although Sheldon Lavin’s words were filled with wisdom he has no plans to slow down anytime soon. Sheldon Lavin is still active in charitable causes like Ronald McDonald House and has stated the biggest sources of his pride are the three children he helped raise, his lovely wife and having the opportunity to give something back to his community.
When someone becomes an entrepreneur, they can either focus on their own good and all that they are hoping to do to make their life better or they can focus on the good of others. Eric Pulier is someone who has chosen to use his own life and his own work to help out those who are in need of help. He has chosen to work for the good of others and to be someone who is a positive force in the world.
Eric Pulier started young with the work that he wanted to do, programming computers in the fourth grade. He was known as someone who was smart and ready to take on the world. Eric Pulier went on to study at Harvard, majoring in English and American Literature. He was dedicated to the education that he was receiving and he worked as an editor while he was at school.
In his adult life, Eric Pulier has worked as the founder of a company that focuses on education, health care, and other important issues. He sees the problems that are out there and he seeks to address those problems. He has lead a project to create a special social network option for those children who are chronically ill. He sees the hurting and he figures out ways that he can help them.
Eric Pulier is someone who is deeply involved in philanthropy and he has made financial donations that have done a lot to help those in need of support. He sits on the board for a camp that was created for children with chronic illness.There are some individuals who use their money for their own good and there are some who have a career that is focused on their own future. Eric Pulier is someone who is always looking out for the good of others and their advancement over his own.
George Soros is one of the most powerful hedge fund managers on earth. Born into a Hungarian Jewish family in 1930, Soros has vivid memories of the German occupation of his home country during World War II. This early experience with discrimination would later shape Soros’ political opinions. Thankfully, Soros was able to flee Nazi-occupied Hungary and earned a place in the U.K.’s prestigious London School of Economics. In order to afford the tuition at this school, Soros worked as both a waiter and railway porter in Britain. Soros graduated with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in philosophy from London School of Economics in 1954 as seen on Biography. Just a few months after graduation, Soros joined the financial team at Singer & Friedlander as a clerk. After a few years working at Singer & Friedlander in London, Soros decided to move to New York City and work as an arbitrage trader for F.M. Mayer. In 1969, Soros established his own hedge fund, now called Quantum Fund. Soros now heads Soros Fund Management, which currently has around $30 billion in assets.
Perhaps even more famous than his trading strategies, Soros is known around the world for his vocal support of liberal and social justice causes reported on Politico. Most recently, Soros has pledged to spend $500 million of his own money helping companies in Europe employ and train refugees. Soros has also donated $3 million to a Hispanic super PAC aimed at helping American immigrants have their say in the democratic process. It’s currently estimated that Soros’ Open Society Foundations have given $5 billion to hundreds of social justice organizations around the world. A few of these organizations on discoverthenetworks.org include the Arab American Institute, the Ruckus Society, the Institute for America’s Future, and the People for the American Way. Soros has also been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. To combat rise in hate speech and hate crimes across the USA, Soros has donated millions of dollars to social justice organizations across the nation.
Soros was number 23 on Forbes’ 2016 list of the richest people on the planet. He is now considered by Forbes to be a truly self-made man with an official score of ten out of ten. His real time net worth is currently around $25 billion. Soros lives with his third wife Tamiko Bolton in Katonah, New York. He has a total of five children.