2013 The Root 100

Hobson leads one of the largest African-American money-management firms. 

  • Influence: 154.5
  • Reach: 11.17
  • Substance: 6.8
  • Media Mentions: 404
  • Internet Mentions: 484000
  • Twitter Followers: 746
  • Mellody Hobson

  • Hobson is president of Ariel Investments.

  • Job: President of Ariel Investments, financial expert for ABC News
  • Sector: Business
  • Twitter: @MellodyHobson
  • Location: Chicago
  • Age: 44
  • Bio:

    This summer, financial powerhouse Mellody Hobson added a new position to her already stellar resume: mom. The president of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African-American-owned mutual fund companies in the United States, welcomed her daughter with her husband, filmmaker George Lucas, to the world. In addition to running Ariel -- which manages more than $3 billion in assets -- she's chairman of the board of trustees of Ariel Mutual Funds, chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and sits on multiple other boards, including those of the Sundance Institute, the Chicago Public Library and the Field Museum. She's also a regular contributor to ABC News.

    Visit her website and like her Facebook page.