The Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Visium Asset Management, Jacob Gottlieb rose to fame when he built Visium which he founded into a health care hedge fund worth $8 billion. His passion for healthcare and economics did not begin at a later stage in his life but rather in his early years of life. Born to immigrant parents from Poland in the 1960s, he followed in the footsteps of his parents’ careers. His passion stemmed from his father who was a professor in economics and his mother who was a pediatrician.
Gottlieb began showing excellent trading skills in a 7th grade contest for picking stocks. He came out victorious when he selected all the winning stocks. Shocked and equally impressed by this, his father decided to open an investment trading account for him. After high school he further pursued his passion for economics and attained a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brown University. For his passion for medicine he attained a Doctor of Medicine from New York University Medical School.
Jacob Gottlieb decided to work as an intern at St. Vincent’s Hospital and upon completion of the internship; he set aside his passion for medicine and decided to focus on building a career in finance in Wall Street. His intention was to become a Chartered Financial Analyst which was realized when he was awarded the title by the Association for Investment Management in 2001.
Before Gottlieb ended up at Visium, he began working in 1998 as a buy-side analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. dealing with global healthcare. He transitioned into a healthcare portfolio manager for Merlin Biomed Group. He later became a top earner at the Balyasny Asset Management firm. He then left with a team from Balyasny and founded Visium in 2005.
Non-profit charities are close to his heart and he supports Math for America which supports and facilitates the recruitment and reservation of excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) teachers for the schools in New York. This is due to the inability of the United States education system to produce skilled graduates. The organization pays teachers higher salaries and offers them fellowship training.