Mellody Hobson - Updated Jul 2024

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Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson is a successful businesswoman who is co-CEO of Ariel Investments. Mellody Hobson was the chairman of Dreamworks Animation.

Early Life

On April 3, 1969, Mellody Hobson was born in Chicago, Illinois. As of now, she is 54 years old and has Aries as her zodiac sign. She belongs to the African-American ethnicity and is American as her nationality.

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Caption: Mellody Hobson in her childhood photo. Source: Instagram

She was born to her mother Dorothy Ashley and her father was absent throughout her life. Thus, she was raised by her mother with her 5 siblings. She went to St. Lgnatius College Prep, for her education. Later on, she attended the Princeton University.

Mellody Hobson – Net Worth 2024

Mellody Hobson is a successful businesswoman and has built her empire. As of now, she has not revealed about her salary and income. As of 2023, the estimated net worth of businesswomen is $12 million.

Personal life

Mellody Hobson is already married and has been living a blissful life. On June 22, 2013, she got married to George Lucas. Her husband is the famous director of Star Wars.

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Caption: Mellody Hobson with her husband. Source: Getty Image

In the year 2006, they started dating each other after they met at a business conference. As of now, they have a daughter Everest Hobson Lucas. Additionally, she is also a stepmother to Lucas’s 3 children from his 1st marriage.

Professional Life

Mellody Hobson joined Ariel Investments, soon after her graduation. In addition, it is a Chicago investment firm that manages nearly $13 billion in assets as an intern. Therefore, she rose to become the firm’s senior vice president and director of marketing. She ascended to become the company’s president, in the year 2000.

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Caption: Mellody Hobson in a show. Source: Instagram

Thus, Ariel Investments is one of the largest African-American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the US. For many years, Mellody Hobson was a contributor to financial segments on Good Morning America.

She is chairman of the board of trustees of Ariel Investment Trust. Likewise, she is a regular contributor to financial issues on CBS This Morning. She was formerly a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey.

And, she is on the board of many organizations, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Chicago Public Education Fund, and the Sundance Institute. Besides that, she is also on the board of directors of the Starbucks Corporation, and formerly of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

More About Career

Thus, the businesswoman has been acclaimed in selections such as Time’s 2015 Time 100 List. On May 29, 2009, she created and hosted a show on ABC called Unbroke: What You Need to Know About Money. The show featured celebrities such as the Jonas Brothers, Oscar the Grouch, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In the American television drama The Good Wife, the character was played by Vanessa L. Williams, self-made businesswoman Courtney Paige, on Hobson, studying her via Hobson’s TED talks. Additionally, she was named to head the Economic Club of Chicago, the first African-American woman to do so, in 2017.

Similarly, she guest-hosted CBS Sunday Morning’s annual “Money Issue” episode, in August. She was named as vice-chair of Starbucks Corporation, in June 2018. Moving on, after heading the finance committee she was elected to chair the board in 2020.

She and the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation made the lead gift to establish a residential college at Princeton University, in October 2020. Later on, she joined an investment group consisting of Rob Walton, Greg Penner, Carrie Walton Penner, Condoleezza Rice, and Sir Lewis Hamilton that purchased the Denver Broncos, in 2022. 

Social Media

Mellody Hobson has an Instagram account named @mellodyhobson, with 83.7k followers. Similarly, she has a Facebook account with 16k followers. And, has a Twitter account named @MellodyHobson, with 25.8k followers.

Mellody Hobson – Body Measurements

Mellody Hobson stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 56 kg. Likewise, her body measurements are unknown as she has not made them public. Similarly, Mellody has a black hair color and dark brown pairs of eyes.