Brooklyn, New York native Jacob Gottlieb is both a medical doctor as well as an experienced professional working in the financial services industry. Deciding which career to specialize in has not been easy. His mother is a pediatrician and his father is an economics professor, so choosing one field over the other had the potential to disappoint one of them. After graduating from NYU Medical School with his medical degree and earning a B.A. in economics from Brown University, Jacob Gottlieb finally decided the excitement of working in the stock market was too much to pass up.
This was a difficult decision for Jacob Gottlieb to make. He had earned his financial analyst charter from the Association for Investment Management and Research as well as done an internal medicine internship at St. Vincent Hospital before he was able to decide. At that point, even though he was a caring individual that’s really committed to helping others, the lure of the financial services industry was too strong. He decided he would have to please both himself and his Polish immigrant parents by being a successful investment manager and dedicating his free time to helping the poor and downtrodden.
Gottlieb started his financial services career working with Sanford C. Bernstein & Company as a buy-side analyst. He then joined Merlin Financial, a company based in the United Kingdom, and served as an investment portfolio manager. When he gained some experience, Gottlieb co-founded Balyansy Asset Management. In 2005, Jacob Gottlieb founded Visium Asset Management. Today he is the chief investment officer of the firm as well as its managing partner. Gottlieb had long shown a natural aptitude for investing. As a 7th grader he won a school sponsored stock picking contest.
But working with the infirmed and the less fortunate remains near and dear to the heart of Jacob Gottlieb. He works with a number of organizations that provide support and help for children that are homeless. He also gives generously of his time to Math for America. Jacob Gottlieb is also involved with and very active in Robin Hood, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty in New York City. He also provides help for another organization in New York that helps young people that are struggling to improve the quality of their lives. That organization is Covenant House.
Covenant House was founded in New York City in 1972. It’s America’s largest privately funded agency providing homeless and runaway youth with food, shelter, healthcare, education, immediate crisis care and a wide array of other services. Serving people between the ages of 13 and 24, Covenant House provides for their basic needs and helps them to get the skills and access to the resources necessary for them to transition into independent living. That includes GED preparation and other types of education support, college scholarships, skills training and job readiness programs, child care, mental health and drug abuse treatment, legal assistance and more.
The organization is a lifeline for thousands of runaways and abused children.