People

Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson

Formal First Name
Mellody
Dates
4/3/1969 - present
Location

Mellody Hobson is the President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ariel Investments, an investment company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. She is responsible for the firm's management, strategic planning, and growth for all areas outside of research and portfolio management. Her leadership has also been valuable to corporate boardrooms across the United States. Additionally, Hobson is a highly regarded voice on financial literacy and investor education.

Professional Experience


Academic History

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust
  • Chairman of After School Matters
  • Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation
  • Co-Chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
  • Vice-Chair of World Business Chicago
  • Board Member of the George Lucas Education Foundation 
  • Board Member of Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Trustee of the Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Trustee of The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Investment Company Institute
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Director of JPMorgan Chase


MEDIA AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  • Hobson is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets, and economic trends for CBS News. 
  • She contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a column for Black Enterprise magazine
  • She is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities. 


AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • In 2015, Time Magazine named Hobson one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world.
  • In 2019, she was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award.


HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES