Jacob Gottlieb was born in Brooklyn, New York to Polish immigrants. He began his career in finance while in grade school, trading baseball cards. His father, an economics teacher, recognized his son’s financial gift and set up a trading account for him when he was In seventh grade. After high school, Gottlieb graduated with honors from Brown University with a B.A. in economics. He then went then earned a medical degree from New York University. He even began his residency, but soon decided that he was much for interested in finances.
In 1998 he officially entered the financial profession with a position as a buy-side analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. He says he recognized immediately that his medical learning was helping him since like financial management, the medical profession required much risk management. It was during the time that he was just getting started on Wall Street that he first began professionally involved with Dmitry Balyasny. He worked for Schonfeld Group Holdings and asked Gottlieb to join him as their healthcare trader in 2001.
In 2002 the two left Schonfeld to start their own investment firm. Together they started Balyasny Asset Management. Gottlieb thrived here and by 2004 was its top earner. Gottlieb took a large hand in the firm’s overseeing of the now famous national healthcare reform debate of 2009.
In addition to his professional career in finances, Gottlieb also contributes to several different charities. One of these is Math for America. MfM is a charitable educational program that has been developed in New York City over the past decade. Their main objective is to locate and partner with the best teachers in the New York City area. The organization seeks to heighten their impact on their students. To this end, the offer two scholarships for these teachers throughout the year. One is for young, promising teachers who are just starting their careers. The other is for an experience, accomplished teacher. In this way, MFA’s goal is to change the way the teaching profession is viewed in America. They are now working beyond New York City to influence top teachers across America.