15 Facts About Mellody Hobson


Mellody Hobson was born on April 3,1969 and is an American businesswoman who is president and co-CEO of Ariel Investments, and the chairwoman of Starbucks Corporation.


Mellody Hobson is the former chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation, having stepped down after negotiating the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.


Mellody Hobson was named to chair the board of directors of Starbucks in 2021, making her one of the highest profile corporate directors in the US.


The youngest in a family of six children, Hobson graduated from St Ignatius College Prep in Chicago in 1987 and from Princeton University in 1991.


At Princeton, Mellody Hobson was a member of the Cottage Club.


Mellody Hobson rose to become the firm's senior vice president and director of marketing.


Mellody Hobson was a contributor to financial segments on Good Morning America for many years.


Mellody Hobson is chairman of the board of trustees of Ariel Investment Trust.


In 2017, Mellody Hobson was named to head the Economic Club of Chicago, the first African-American woman to do so.


On June 4,2018, Mellody Hobson was named as vice-chair of Starbucks Corporation.


On June 7,2022, Hobson joined the Walton-Penner group to purchase the Denver Broncos.


Mellody Hobson was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln by the Governor of Illinois in 2018.


Mellody Hobson began dating film director and producer George Lucas in 2006, after they met at a business conference.


Mellody Hobson was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.


Mellody Hobson appeared on the Jack Good Show in August 2017, where she accepted the City of Birmingham's deepest appreciation for her charitable work with Birmingham's Bright Leaders of Tomorrow.