Jacob Gottlieb, the American investor and hedge fund manager, is known as Chief Investment Officer at New York-based Visium Asset Management, LLC, which he established in 2005. He was born in New York in a family of Polish immigrants who came to the United States in the 1960s. His both parents were educated and highly intelligent people. Jacob’s father, Max Gottlieb is an economist and a respected professor at the City University of New York. His mother, Helena Gottlieb, working as a pediatrician has a degree in medicine. With the background like this, Jacob could not but become highly interested in both fields – economics and medicine. Nowadays he successfully combines both in his hedge fund manager’s activities.
Jacob Gottlieb got his B.A. in economics at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island). He didn’t stop at this and went to New York University Medical School in New York City where he got his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Striving for knowledge and constant growth Jacob completed an internal medicine internship, which took place at St. Vincent’s Hospital (New York City). Still, medicine did not fascinate him as much as finance, so he switched to the latter and in 1998 got a position of a buy-side analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Later he took a position of an investment portfolio manager at Merlin Financial in London, England. Taking risks has always fascinated Jacob and he compared fund manager’s work to that of a surgeon, where only one wrong move or decision can lead to irreparable consequences.
Returning back to New York, Jacob held a position of a healthcare portfolio manager at New York hedge fund firm Merlin Biomed Group. Noticed by an influential trader Dmitry Balyasny he was invited to be a healthcare trader and became a founding member at Balyasny Asset Management, L.P. Together with BAM based in Chicago Gottlieb started earning his reputation in the world of trading and built a reliable team. In 2004 Gottlieb and his team left and started working on creating Visium.
Nowadays the name of Jacob Gottlieb is well-known in the circle of health care traders and donators. He takes an active part in charity programs fighting poverty and homeless children issues. Jacob Gottlieb donates to one of the largest poverty-fighting organizations in New York City called Robin Hood. Robin Hood gives financial and real estate support to those in need and all of the donations go directly where they are most needed.