Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson (born April 3, 1969) is an American business woman who is the president of Ariel Investments and the current Chair of the Board of Directors or DreamWorks Animation . [1]

Early life

Hobson was born in Chicago , Illinois . 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 re 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 dat beheerd about $ 10 billion in assets. [2] It is ook one of the Toilets African American -owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States. [3]

Hobson is ook 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 spokeperson for the annual Ariel / Schwab Black Investor Survey.

Hobson Serves on the board of many organizations, zoals the Chicago Public Education Fund , the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Sundance Institute . She is ook a director or the Starbucks Corporation , The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. , And DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc .. Hobson has leg acclaimed in selections zoals Time ‘s 2015 Time 100 List, the magazine’s annual list of the one hundred Most Influential people in the world)., [4] 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). [5]

Hobson created and hosted a show on ABC on May 29, 2009, called Unbroke: What You Need to Know About Money , featuring celebrities zoals the Jonas Brothers , Oscar the Grouch and Samuel L. Jackson . [6]

Actress Vanessa L. Williams based re character, self-made business woman Courtney Paige (in the American television drama, The Good Wife ), on Hobson, Studying re via Hobson’s TED talks . [7]

Personal life

Hobson Began dating film director and producer George Lucas in 2006, after they ‘with at a business conference. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] Hobson and Lucas announced hun engagement in January 2013 [13] and in later married on June 22, 2013 at Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch . [14] Way Down have one daughter together, Everest Hobson Lucas, who was born via surrogacy in August 2013. [15] She has bone photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar. [16]


  1. Jump up^ Mellody Hobson: Chair of the Board of Directors, DreamWorks Animation website. Accessed 11-01-15
  2. Jump up^ “Ariel Investments, LLC” . Ariel Investments .
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  4. Jump up^ “Mellody Hobson: The World’s 100 Most Influential People” . Time . April 15, 2015.
  5. Jump up^ The 50 Women to Watch, and The Wall Street Journal , 2004
  6. Jump up^ Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money
  7. Jump up^ “Vanessa Williams on Miss America Apology,” The Good Wife ” ” . ‘ CBS This Morning ‘. 2015-11-12 . Retrieved 2015-11-13 .
  8. Jump up^ Zwecker, Bill (October 27, 2011). “Paula Abdul ‘Outraged’ after Steve Jones cuts re off on ‘X Factor ‘ ‘ . Chicago Sun-Times . Archived from the original on 2011-10-29.
  9. Jump up^ Rush, George and Joanna Molloy (February 27, 2007). “An Oscar winner for best crowd scene” . New York: NY Daily News . Retrieved 2011-09-13 .
  10. Jump up^ Waggoner, John (July 6, 2009). “Kudos to 8 stock mutual funds dat port clawed back to profits” . USA Today . Retrieved 2011-09-13 .
  11. Jump up^ Sokolov, Raymond (February 27, 2011). “Chicago Steps Out” . The Daily Beast . Retrieved 2011-09-13 .
  12. Jump up^ McCormick, John (April 14, 2011). “Obama’s Money Pump for 2012 Re-Election Bid Primed to Chicago” . Bloomberg Business Week . Retrieved 2011-09-13 .
  13. Jump up^ Schillaci, Sophie (2013-01-03). “George Lucas Engaged to DreamWorks Animation President Mellody Hobson” . Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved 2013-01-03 .
  14. Jump up^ Billups, Andrea (June 24, 2013). “George Lucas Marries Mellody Hobson” . People . Retrieved 2013-06-24 .
  15. Jump up^ “Everest Hobson Lucas Born To George Lucas And Mellody Hobson” . Huffington Post . August 12, 2013 . Retrieved 2013-08-12 .