In 2008, Och donated $28,500 to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Och is the son of Golda and Dr. Michael Och. Och grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey and attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union (since renamed Golda Och Academy, in honor of his mother) in West Orange, New Jersey, a Jewish day school founded by his parents. In December 2010, Och donated $15 million to the school, effectively doubling its endowment. Och has a bachelor's degree in economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
In February 2014 Forbes listed Daniel Och as one of the 25 Highest-Earning hedge fund managers in 2013. His 2013 total earnings of $400 million ranks him the 17th among the 25 top earning hedge fund managers.
On May 8, 2015, Och was targeted by the "Hedge Clippers" Activist group, who protested outside of his residence at 15 Central Park West, New York CIty.
In September 2016, the U.S. government fined Och $2.2 million and the Och-Ziff fund $413 million for paying over $100 million in bribes to various African government officials.
According to Forbes Magazine he has a net worth of US$3.2 billion (as of February 2017), down from his 2016 net worth of $3.7 billion.