Jacob Gottlieb is best known for being the former founder and CIO of Visium Asset Management. Today he is now the proud founder of Altium which is an investing company in healthcare where he’s begun building investments in Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sellas Life Science which are revolutionizing the medical and pharmaceutical fields with their products. Gottlieb’s journey to Altium was all things but easy.
Gottlieb’s gift for investing started at an early age. His parents instilled in him at an early age the importance of having a successful academic background as well professional. Gottlieb would go on to reap the benefits of his hard work. He won a stock picking contest in his teenage years, then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Arts and Economics from Brown University. He then went to receive his M.D at the NYU Medical School. After realizing his true passion he would go on to work and achieve his Certified Financial Analyst in 2001 from Sanford C. Beirnsten & Company but it wasn’t until Gottlieb being true to himself made the brave move to go to Merlin Biomed Group where his career would go on to become the top earner at Balyasny Asset Management. It was there, all the hard work and dedication he had put in lead him to take that leap of faith and decide to start his own company Visium in 2005.
Gottlieb’s vision lead him to create Visium an 8 billion dollar fund with 170 employees with offices in New York, San Francisco and London. Visium was a success! With anticipated growth until 2016 when unfortunately the company would become caught up in legal affairs regarding artificial inflated returns and millions in inflated management and performance fees. This in return caused many investors and employees to panic thus leading to a loss in jobs and money and inevitably the closing of Visium. After the fall of his company, Gottlieb took a year break but is now back sharing an office in New York City with Iguana Healthcare Partners and Bay City Capital. Gottlieb’s hard-work, knowledge and determination speaks volumes to his work.