Mellody Hobson
American businesswoman
Mellody Hobson
Mellody Hobson is the president of Ariel Investments, LLC, a Chicago investment firm managing over $3 billion in assets. It is also one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States. She is also the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Ariel Mutual Funds. Hobson is a regular contributor on financial issues to ABC's Good Morning America and a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey.
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Changes that could impact your tax refund
CBS News - about 1 month
Tax filing season is here, and there are some rule changes that could affect your refund. This year's tax deadline is April 18, which gives you three extra days to file. The IRS expects more than four out of five taxpayers will file electronically. CBS News financial contributor Mellody Hobson joins "CBS This Morning" from San Francisco with the potential impact of those changes.
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While Lucas Museum foundered, Mellody Hobson made $4.9 million from DreamWorks sale
Chicago Times - 8 months
She may have been "heartbroken" her husband George Lucas decided not to build a museum in her hometown, but the first half of 2016 wasn't a total loss for Mellody Hobson. While the city of Chicago was closely watching the fate of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art earlier this year, Hobson was hard...
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Sorry Mellody Hobson, Chicago won't miss your museum
Chicago Times - 8 months
I’ve always been a great admirer of Mellody Hobson and her business acumen and accomplishments. And I’m sorry to read in the paper that she is heartbroken that her plans for the museum fell through. But the failure is all on her shoulders. As a native Chicagoan, she had to know that there would...
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The Lucas Museum: A tale of arrogance
Chicago Times - 8 months
The Lucas Museum is a victim of arrogance. No, not that of Friends of the Parks as many would believe, but of the Lucases, particularly Mellody Hobson, whose intractable demand that it be nowhere but on the lakefront led to its demise. Would the museum have been good for Chicago? Perhaps. But it...
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Readers respond to the latest Lucas Museum scuffle
Chicago Times - 10 months
The watchdogs Mellody Hobson, wife of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, is upset at a “small special interest group” hijacking her husband's museum. Well, Ms. Hobson, this small special interest group includes whole lot of citizens of Chicago who love their lakefront and the openness of the city....
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Roz Brewer, a Racist? Preposterous
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Roz Brewer knows better than anyone that when you are a thought leader who advances change, you must be ready for darts to be thrown. For the backlash. For people feeling threatened and coming out of the woodwork making preposterous statements. Misrepresenting what you say. She is the President and CEO of Sam's Club. And she's the first African American female to lead a division of Wal-mart. But here's the strange thing, I bet you dollars to doughnuts that Brewer did not expect the statements she made on December 11th during her minimum wage interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow to cause her to be labeled a racist. Who would expect it? Have you watched the interview? I mean really sat down and taken the 5 minutes and 47 seconds to watch it?! If you have, then you know that the majority of the interview was about increasing wages for Sam's and Wal-mart employees. In case you haven't had a chance to watch it, HERE you go. As the interview went on, Roz was asked what it would ...
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Women in Business Q&A: Amber Guild, President, Collins
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Amber Guild is the president of Collins, a New York-based brand consultancy, focused on helping their clients create more meaningful experiences for their customers. In a world where digital, physical and human converge, Collins helps their clients solve the puzzles of relevancy to build brands people can't live without. Collins works with notable brands such as Spotify, Target, Coca-Cola, Foursquare, ACE Group and Babyganics with the belief that the only way Collins can help their clients create meaningful experiences for their customers, is if Collins' own creative culture reflects the diversity of the world we live in today. One of few women of color to become President of a top-flight agency, Amber has made it her mission to reimagine what creative culture looks like for the industry - one that is inclusive of talent from all backgrounds. Amber comes from an accomplished career in account management where she's worked closely with clients to build their brands (and their bus ...
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Mellody Hobson, Tavi Gevinson featured in typically NSFW calendar
Chicago Times - about 1 year
When Mellody Hobson got the call to be in the 2016 Pirelli calendar, her husband George Lucas raised an eyebrow and said "Do you know what that is?," Hobson recalled to The New York Times in an article posted online Monday. Hobson, the president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, and Oak Park...
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Why Diversity Is Difficult
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I am passionate about Twitter the service, and I love Twitter, the company. The opportunity to work on a product that is positively changing how African Americans are perceived in this country is humbling. Every day for almost three years, I have looked forward to making contributions to the platform that enables #BlackLivesMatter, and that amplifies the voices of #BlackTwitter. That is why is the public commitment by Twitter to a measurable diversity goal is so important. In 2014, 27 percent of African American, 25 percent of Hispanic Americans and 21 percent of women use Twitter, according to Pew. Only 3 percent of Engineering and Product at Twitter are African American/Hispanic and less than 15 percent are women. This is why the work many people have done, and continue to do in diversity at Twitter is so important. They are indomitable, have the will, strength and courage to change the story of diversity at Twitter. During my time at Twitter, I experienced the pride and ...
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Why Diversity Is Difficult
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I am passionate about Twitter the service, and I love Twitter, the company. The opportunity to work on a product that is positively changing how African Americans are perceived in this country is humbling. Every day for almost three years, I have looked forward to making contributions to the platform that enables #BlackLivesMatter, and that amplifies the voices of #BlackTwitter. That is why is the public commitment by Twitter to a measurable diversity goal is so important. In 2014, 27 percent of African American, 25 percent of Hispanic Americans and 21 percent of women use Twitter, according to Pew. Only 3 percent of Engineering and Product at Twitter are African American/Hispanic and less than 15 percent are women. This is why the work many people have done, and continue to do in diversity at Twitter is so important. They are indomitable, have the will, strength and courage to change the story of diversity at Twitter. During my time at Twitter, I experienced the pride and ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mellody Hobson
    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    She created and hosted a show on ABC on May 29, 2009 called Unbroke: What You Need to Know About Money.
    More Details Hide Details It was intended to educate people about money in a creative way. It featured celebrities such as the Jonas Brothers, Oscar the Grouch and Samuel L. Jackson to talk about economics.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    Hobson is unmarried and has no children. She is dating film director and producer George Lucas and has accompanied him to several events beginning in 2007, including the 2007 Academy Awards and the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
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  • 2000
    Age 30
    She ascended to become the firm's president in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Hobson serves on the board of many organizations, including the Chicago Public Library, the Field Museum, the Chicago Public Education Fund, 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 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).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 21
    Hobson was born in Chicago, Illinois, attending St. Ignatius College Prep high school, and then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy at Princeton University.
    More Details Hide Details She joined Ariel soon afterward as an intern and rose to become the firm's senior vice president and director of marketing.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on April 3, 1969.
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