Mellody Hobson is not famous because she’s an entertainer (because she isn’t). She’s not famous because she’s pretty (even though she is). She’s not even famous because she in a relationship with film legend George Lucas (they’ve been together since 2006).
No, Mellody Hobson is famous because she is a smart and savvy businesswoman and it was announced on Thursday by the CEO of Dreamworks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, that effective immediately, she would step in as Chairman of Dreamworks Animation. This comes as former chairman Roger Enrico steps down with no explanation given.
This is just the latest addition to the already long list of success Mellody has attained. She is the Preisdent of one of the largest African-American money management and mutual funds companies in the United States, Ariel Investments, based out of Chicago. The company manages over $3 billion in assets. She is also a regular financial contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America and hosted a show on the same network called Unbroke: What You Need To Know About Money, which was meant to give people advice on how to save an invest your money using layman’s terms.
Mellody also serves on the board for the Chicago Public Library and The Chicago Public Education Fund. In her spare time, which clearly isn’t much, Mellody takes her role as a mentor very serious.
When we have someone like this representing women and particularly, black women, we have to make sure we give them continuous props and lift them up. She is a shining example of where hard work and dedication can get you! Congrats!