Edward Heikali ’07 Invests in Opportunity Coast-to-Coast

After graduating from Milken in 2007, Edward attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a bachelor’s in economics. Upon earning his degree, Edward made the move to New York City to pursue new opportunities in the financial sector. First, he worked as a technology, media, and telecommunications investment banker at Credit Suisse, where he handled on a number of large corporate transactions and developed important skills in finance. After his tenure at Credit Suisse, Edward joined Fortress Investment Group as a Private Equity Investor at their headquarters in New York City. Edward now works in Fortress’s Los Angeles office.

Edward noted, “Milken taught me a number of things that have been key to my success thus far,” which include time management and his personal strength in the field of economics. Throughout his time in college and as he embarked on a career in finance, Milken’s foundation of Judaism and the basics of Hebrew remained important. Edward noted that being an alumnus of Milken left him with lasting benefits after graduation. “It prepared me with the cultural and religious fundamentals that allowed me to decide how I want to celebrate my heritage. It taught me the necessity [of] time management.” Edward’s challenging curriculum and busy class schedule full of Advanced Placement courses were worth the perseverance, he said. The high expectations of his teachers and his peers encouraged Edward to reach higher for a deep personal motivation that he carried through college and into the workforce.

Edward currently resides in Brentwood and works in Century City for Fortress Investment Group. He balances a healthy lifestyle by remaining an avid traveler and cultivating his interest in diet and nutrition since returning to Los Angeles.
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