Brooklyn native, Jacob Gottlieb is in the business of building business. In 2005, he founded Visium Asset Management, which today has $3.5 billion in assets. Gottlieb does not want to stop there though. He would like to take Visium to an even higher level. He envisions Visium as a multiproduct, multistrategy powerhouse. With a background in both the medical and financial professions, Dr. Gottlieb is thought provoking and knows how to motivate and excel people to their highest potential.
Many years of training and education helped him to become the “business builder” he is now. Dr. Gottlieb earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He also attended New York University Medical School and received his Doctor of Medicine degree. After serving for several years in the medical profession, he switched gears and focused on a career in the financial world. In addition to establishing Visium Asset Management, he served as a founding member of Balyasny Asset Managementt. Dr. Gottlieb is also credited as an investment portfolio manager with Merlin Financial in London, England.
As an inquisitive youngster in New York, Gottlieb gained wisdom and interest in both the medical and financial professions from his Polish parents. Dr. Gottlieb’s father, Max Gottlieb PhD, is a professor of economics at the City University while his mother, Dr. Helena Gottlieb is a respected pediatrician.
Growing up as a Yankees fan, Dr. Gottlieb was fascinated with baseball card trading. While in the seventh grade, Dr. Gottlieb won a contest that required him to select stocks. His father was so impressed with his expertise, that he set Jacob up with his very own investment trading account.
In addition to his business, Dr. Gottlieb work with several charities, including Math For America. MFA was founded in 2004 with its focus on teachers in New York City. The organization awards two district four-year mathematics and science fellowships. The goal is to improve teacher retention nationwide and to put into place a network of programs that is based on the structure of MFA. Today, there are over 1,000 MFA teachers in classrooms across America.