Jacob Gottlieb was born and brought up in Brooklyn, New York after his parents immigrated to the US from Poland during the unrest in the 1960s. Gottlieb was raised by passionate parents, with his father working at the City University of New York as a professor of economics and his mother a pediatrician. Jacob Gottlieb was drawn to both professions making him attend New York University Medical School, graduated magna cum laude and got his M.D degree. He then took up an internship at St Vincent Hospital and later on quit to pursue his passion in finance. He was able to achieve a BA degree in economics that he got from Brown University in Providence, Rhodes Island. In addition to that Association for Investment Management and Research awarded him a Chartered Financial Analyst charter.
Jacob Gottlieb showed his interest in the money market in his early childhood. He won a contest in school when he was in 7th grade that expected them to collect stocks that had the ability to win. Jacob picked a set of winning stocks which impressed his father and made him open an investment trading account solely for Jacob. Jacob further showed his entrepreneurial skills in his ventures that involved selling cold drinks to golfers. He founded his own company in 2005 by the name Visium Asset Management and served as its Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer after creating Balyasny Asset Management. Jacob had initially been working at Merlin Financial as a portfolio manager, prior to which he was a buy-side analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein and Co.
Jacob Gottlieb is passionate and believes that the two professions he has pursued share similarities in that they both involve risks, whether it is in taking it or managing it. Jacob is a philanthropist who believes in giving back to the society. He actively works with charity organizations like Robin Hood Foundation which targets the poor and also provides relief food in case of a disaster. The charity organization works hand in hand with other stakeholders through fundraisers and donations to target poverty eradication in New York. The organization uses free market forces to function while using metrics to gauge how efficient donations and grants are.