Meet Mellody Hobson, the Starbucks chair — and wife of George Lucas — who’s about to become a part-owner of the Denver Broncos

Mellody Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments.

Mellody Hobson will join the ownership group buying the NFL’s Denver Broncos. 
Hobson is the co-CEO of Ariel Investments and the chair of Starbucks’ board. 
She’s married to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas — the couple share an 8-year-old daughter.

Not for the first time, Mellody Hobson made history this month. 

Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments, joined the ownership group taking over the NFL’s Denver Broncos. The $4.65 billion deal appears to make Hobson the first Black woman to be part of a new ownership group buying an NFL team, and she will likely have a major role in the running of the franchise, The Athletic reports. 

“This is a big deal. I mean, this is history,” Russell Wilson, the Broncos’ quarterback, recently told the website.

Hobson, 53, has had a long career in finance; serves on multiple company boards; has been honored by her alma mater, Princeton University; and shares an 8-year-old daughter with her husband, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.

Here’s how Hobson got her start, built her career, and made NFL history. 

Hobson was raised in Chicago and attended Princeton University, where she studied at the school of international relations and public policy. She graduated in 1991 and started a job with investment firm Ariel Investments, where she’d interned during college.Mellody Hobson in 2009.

Source: The New York Times, Vanity Fair

Hobson, who grew up bouncing between apartments and frequently experienced evictions, told Vanity Fair that she was “desperate” to understand money. “I felt like financial security would be the biggest gift I could ever have, ever,” she said. Since then, Hobson has become a recognized financial literacy expert — during the financial crisis, she hosted an ABC show about how to manage your money.Hobson at the Summit LA19 ideas festival in Los Angeles in …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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