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Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson
File:Mellody Hobson.jpg
Hobson in 2007
Born (1969-04-03) April 3, 1969 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois,
United States
Occupation Financial/Investment Management Executive
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) George Lucas (m. 2013)
Children 1

Mellody Hobson (born April 3, 1969) is an American businesswoman who is the president of Ariel Investments and the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation.[1]

Early life

Hobson was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is African-American.[2] She was educated at St. Ignatius College Prep high school, and subsequently attended Princeton University, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


Soon after her graduation from Princeton, Hobson joined Ariel Investments as an intern and rose to become the firm's senior vice president and director of marketing. In 2000, she ascended to become the president of Ariel, a Chicago investment firm that manages over $10 billion in assets.[3] It is also one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States.[4]

Hobson is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ariel Investment Trust and the Chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.. She is a regular contributor on financial issues to CBS's CBS This Morning and a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey.

Hobson serves on the board of many organizations, including the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Sundance Institute. She is also a director of the Starbucks Corporation, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.. Hobson has been acclaimed in selections such as Time (magazine)'s 2015 Time 100 List, the magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world).,[5] Ebony magazine's "20 Leaders of the Future" (1992), Working Women Magazine's "20 Under 30" (1992), the World Economic Forum's "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" (2001), Esquire's "America's Best and Brightest" (2002), The Wall Street Journal's 50 "Women to Watch" (2004).[6]

Hobson created and hosted a show on ABC on May 29, 2009, called Unbroke: What You Need to Know About Money, featuring celebrities such as the Jonas Brothers, Oscar the Grouch and Samuel L. Jackson.[citation needed]

Personal life

Hobson began dating film director and producer George Lucas in 2006, after they met at a business conference.[7][8][9][10][11] Hobson and Lucas announced their engagement in January 2013,[12] and were married on June 22, 2013, at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch.[13] They have one daughter together, Everest Hobson Lucas, who was born via surrogacy in August 2013.[14]


  1. Mellody Hobson: Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dreamworks Animation website. Accessed 11-01-15
  2. NNDB bio of Hobson
  3. "Ariel Investments, LLC". Ariel Investments. 
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  6. The 50 Women to Watch, and The Wall Street Journal, 2004
  7. Zwecker, Bill. "Paula Abdul 'outraged' after Steve Jones cuts her off on 'X Factor'." Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-10-27.
  8. Rush, George and Joanna Molloy (2007-02-27). "An Oscar winner for best crowd scene". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  9. Waggoner, John (2009-07-06). "Kudos to 8 stock mutual funds that have clawed back to profits". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  10. Sokolov, Raymond (2011-02-27). "Chicago Steps Out". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  11. McCormick, John (2011-04-14). "Obama's Money Pump for 2012 Re-Election Bid Primed by Chicago". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  12. "George Lucas Engaged to DreamWorks Animation Chairman Mellody Hobson". The Hollywood Reporter. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  13. Billups, Andrea (June 24, 2013). "George Lucas Marries Mellody Hobson". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  14. "Everest Hobson Lucas Born To George Lucas And Mellody Hobson". Huffington Post. August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 

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