Mellody Hobson

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Mellody Hobson
File:Mellody Hobson.jpg
Hobson in 2012
Born (1969-04-03) April 3, 1969 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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 African-American businesswoman and media commentator[1] who is best known for being the wife of filmmaker George Lucas. She is also the president of Ariel Investments, and the current Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation.[2] In 2017, she became the first black woman to head The Economic Club of Chicago.[3]

Early life

Hobson was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Ogden Elementary School and later 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.[4] It is also one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States.[5]

Hobson is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ariel Investment Trust and the Chair of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. She is a regular contributor on financial issues on 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's 2015 Time 100 List, the magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world).,[6] 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).[7]

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.[8]

Actress Vanessa L. Williams based her character, self-made businesswoman Courtney Paige (in the American television drama, The Good Wife), on Hobson, studying her via Hobson's TED talks.[9] In 2017, Hobson was named to head the Economic Club of Chicago, the first African-American woman to do so.[10]

On August 6, 2017 Hobson guest hosted CBS Sunday Morning's annual "Money Issue" episode. [11]

Political views

Hobson has helped organize several progressive educational and financial literacy programs. She has supported Democratic candidates, including Barack Obama's presidential run.[12] Hobson criticized President Trump for defending some of the right-wing protesters at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. She dismissed the "Google Memo" written by James Damore, which claimed there are significant differences in skills and capacities between women and men.[13]

Personal life

Hobson began dating film director and producer George Lucas in 2006, after they met at a business conference.[14][15][16][17][18] Hobson and Lucas announced their engagement in January 2013,[19] and were married on June 22, 2013, at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch.[20] They have one daughter together, Everest Hobson Lucas, who was born via surrogacy in August 2013.[21]

Hobson was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.[22]


  1. ABC News biography |
  2. Mellody Hobson: Chair of the Board of Directors, Dreamworks Animation website. Accessed 11-01-15
  3. Marotti, Ally. "Mellody Hobson to chair Economic Club of Chicago, first black woman in post". Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  4. "Ariel Investments, LLC". Ariel Investments. 
  5. "Page not found - The HistoryMakers". Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  6. "Mellody Hobson: The World's 100 Most Influential People". Time. April 15, 2015. 
  7. The 50 Women to Watch, and The Wall Street Journal, 2004
  8. News, A. B. C. (May 29, 2009). "Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money". ABC News. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  9. "Vanessa Williams on Miss America apology, "The Good Wife"". ‘’CBS This Morning’’. 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  10. "Mellody Hobson makes history at Economic Club". Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
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  12. (Mar 30, 2015)
  14. Zwecker, Bill (October 27, 2011). "Paula Abdul 'outraged' after Steve Jones cuts her off on 'X Factor'". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. 
  15. Rush, George and Joanna Molloy (February 27, 2007). "An Oscar winner for best crowd scene". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  16. Waggoner, John (July 6, 2009). "Kudos to 8 stock mutual funds that have clawed back to profits". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  17. Sokolov, Raymond (February 27, 2011). "Chicago Steps Out". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  18. McCormick, John (April 14, 2011). "Obama's Money Pump for 2012 Re-Election Bid Primed by Chicago". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  19. Schillaci, Sophie (2013-01-03). "George Lucas Engaged to DreamWorks Animation Chairman Mellody Hobson". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  20. Billups, Andrea (June 24, 2013). "George Lucas Marries Mellody Hobson". People. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  21. "Everest Hobson Lucas Born To George Lucas And Mellody Hobson". Huffington Post. August 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  22. "Annie Leibovitz Unveils 2016 Pirelli Calendar". Retrieved August 21, 2017. 

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