With parents such as Max Gottlieb who was a professor of economics and Helena Gottlieb who was a pediatrician, Jacob Gottlieb developed an early interest in both health and economics. His parents were immigrants from Poland who came to the United States in the 1960s, a period when Jacob was born. This interest in health and economics continued to manifest in his youth activities as he forged his career path.
He was the winner of a stock selection contest in the 7th grade. Due to the fact that he picked the winning stocks, his father was impressed and saw it fit to open an investment trading account for him. He gained more experience in entrepreneurship by selling beverages to local golfers.
Upon completion of his secondary education, Gottlieb was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brown University in Rhode Island and a Doctor of Medicine from New York University Medical School. He was initially interested in pursuing a career in medicine which led him to intern at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Although he completed the internship, he decided to focus on economics by pursuing a finance career in Wall Street; designated to make him a Chartered Financial Analyst which he achieved in 2001 when he was awarded the charter by the Association of Investment and Research.
Jacob Gottlieb began working as a buy-side analyst at Stanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC. He then worked in London, England as an investment portfolio manager at Merlin Financial. He later became a founding member at Balyasny Asset Management, L.P. In 2005, Gottlieb founded Visium Asset Management, LLC where he became the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. He built it into an eight billion dollar hedge fund.
Aside from being an excellent trader, Gottlieb is actively involved in non-profit charity organizations like the Robin Hood Foundation which was founded in 1988 and deals with poverty related issues in New York. Fortune considers this organization to be, “one of the most innovative and influential philanthropic organizations of our time”. It is led by people from diverse careers, several councils and boards and its board members underwrite all administrative costs of the foundation.