Ken Gott was born on 22 February 1923 and worked as a journalist on the Melbourne bureau of the Daily News. He was also the Tasmanian District delegate on the Federal Executive of the Australian Journalists' Association. He was a committee member of the Victorian Branch of the Australia-China Society from 1953 and its secretary from 1956 to around 1959. Gott held interests in a few business enterprises. He was the manager of Wallaby Recordings, a non profit organisation set up to issue records of people's songs and music from Australia and overseas. He was managing director, shareholder and secretary of the Pacific Merchandising Agency from 1953-1954. Gott was also joint proprietor with Bruce Millis in the Australian Trade Research Service, which was registered in April 1954. From 1964 to 1965 he was features editor of the Australian.