Mellody Hobson

Co-Chief Executive Officer & President at Ariel Investments LLC

Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson

Co-Chief Executive Officer & President at Ariel Investments LLC

Career Highlights

Ariel Capital Management, Inc.
Ariel Investments LLC

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Primary Location

Chicago, IL, United States

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04/03/1969 - Chicago, IL, United States



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Piano, Swimming, Marathon Running, Education, Politics

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Founder at Ariel Investments LLC

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Founder at The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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Vice Chairman, Head of Investment Group at Ariel Investments LLC

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Fund Advisor at Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Johnson Publishing Co. Llc

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President Emeritus at The Field Museum of Natural History

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Former Vice President at The Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co.

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The PrivateBank

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Chief Strategy Officer at After School Matters, Inc.

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Co-Chief Executive Officer & President at Ariel Investments LLC
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Vision: Our vision is of a new world of learning based on the compelling truth that improving education is the key to the survival of the human race. It's a world of creativity, inspiration and ambition informed by real-world evidence and experience. It's a world where students become lifelong learners and develop 21st-century skills. It's a world where innovation is the rule, not the exception. It's a world where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technology. It's a world where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered with a shared vision to change education for the better.We call this place Edutopia, and we provide not just the vision for this new world of learning but the real-world information and community connections to make it a reality.Our Mission?We are dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. We are focused on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.What We Do1. Edutopia is the leading voice illuminating and showcasing what works in education. We show people how they can adopt best practices and we tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.2. At Lucas Education Research, we develop and evaluate methods that profoundly impact the course of learning and lifelong achievement. Lucas Education Research strives for quality, replicability, and scalability.To understand more about why we are passionate about our work, read about Edutopia's Core Strategies and about what our founder and chairman, George Lucas, has to say about Edutopia's role in education.Please note: The Foundation is a nonpartisan organization, and does not take positions on any legislation or ballot measures, nor does it endorse or o

Class of 1991

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is a professional public policy school at Princeton University. The school has granted undergraduate A.B. degrees since 1930 and graduate degrees since 1948. The School of Public and International Affairs, as it was originally named, was founded at Princeton in 1930, created in the spirit of Woodrow Wilson's interest in preparing students for leadership in public and international affairs.


Saint Ignatius College Prep is a selective private, coeducational Jesuit high school located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The school was founded in Chicago in 1869 by Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J., a Belgian missionary to the United States. The school is coeducational, Catholic, college preparatory, and sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). The school enjoys a strong academic reputation within a faith-supportive school community.

2016 - Current

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has four major goals: Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives; Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through the Visiting Scholars Program and Hellman Fellowship Program; Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions. Click here to learn about our new members. The Academy's headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it conducts activities in this country and abroad


YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects people with successful young chief executives in a global network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 in New York City by a young president named Ray Hickok, the organization unites approximately 20,000 business leaders in more than 120 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange. A great deal has changed since YPO’s founding but certain things have remained the same: the value of a peer network and trusted mentors, the importance of ongoing education, and the need for a “safe haven” where issues can be aired in an environment of confidentiality. Over the past six decades, YPO has maintained its core commitment to these ideals while embracing change with each successive generation of young business leaders.


The Commercial Club of Chicago resulted from the 1907 merger of two predecessor Chicago clubs: the Merchants Club (organized in 1896) and the Commercial Club (organized in 1877). Its most active members included George Pullman, Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, George Armour, Frederic Delano, Sewell Avery, Rufus C. Dawes, and Julius Rosenwald. The club has promoted Chicago's economic development for generations and championed member Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago (1909), also known as Burnham's plan. The plan gave the blueprint for the future growth and development of the entire Chicago region.

Career History
Co-Chief Executive Officer & President
1991 - Current

Ariel Investments began as a small- and mid-cap value manager, and evolved strategically to offer three approaches - all of which seek out attractive intrinsic value through relatively concentrated portfolios. The firm manages investment strategies that seek long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity investments. Ariel Investments utilizes bottom-up, fundamental analysis to select quality company stocks. The firm offers three investment strategy approaches: traditional value, deep value, and global. The traditional value strategies include small-cap value, small/mid-cap value, mid-cap value, and focused value. The deep value strategies include micro-cap value and small-cap deep value. The global strategies include global, global concentrated, international (DM), and international (DM/EM).

Continuing Contributor

Every issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine connects 4.3 million readers on a personal level with African Americans who are serious about success. Our coverage is about you—your lives, your challenges, your aspirations. Our expertise will empower you to make the best choices when it comes to building your career, your business and, ultimately, your wealth.

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Founded in 1983 by John Rogers, Jr., the son of Jewel Lafontant and Judge John Rogers, Ariel Capital is the largest fund management company owned by an African American. With over $2.2 billion in assets, Ariel Capital Management is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine as a paragon of African American entrepreneurship.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2004 - Prior

Tellabs innovates to enable the mobile Internet and help you succeed Our solutions help you boost revenue, reduce expenses and optimize networks That's why 80% of the top global telecom service providers choose Tellabs mobile backhaul, packet optical, business and services solutions. We serve telecom service providers, independent operating companies, MSO/cable companies, enterprises and government agencies with networks in more than 90 countries around the world. Tellabs is a medium-sized company that can innovate more quickly than giants. With experienced engineers, established customer relationships and a solid financial foundation, we get ahead of start-ups


The Chicago Public Library (CPL) is the public library system that serves the City of Chicago in the U.S. state of Illinois. It consists of 80 locations, including a central library, two regional libraries, and branches distributed throughout the city's 77 Community Areas.


The Civic Federation provides objective research to improve government efficiency.

Board Member

Beating Poverty Through Quality Education.

Member, Investor Advisory Committee

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an agency of the United States federal government. It holds primary responsibility for enforcing the federal securities laws and regulating the securities industry, the nation's stock and options exchanges, and other electronic securities markets in the United States. In addition to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that created it, the SEC enforces the Securities Act of 1933, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, and other statutes. The SEC was created by Section 4 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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The International Women's Media Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is an organization working internationally to elevate the status of women in the media. The IWMF has created programs to help women in the media develop practical solutions to the obstacles they face in their careers and lives. The IWMF's work includes a wide range of programs including international reporting fellowships in Africa and Latin America and providing grant opportunities for women journalists, research into the status of women in the media, and the Courage in Journalism, Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The IWMF advocates for press freedom internationally and often forms petitions asking international governments to release journalists in captivity and offer protection to journalists in danger.

$25K - $50K

The Council for Economic Education focuses on personal finance and economic education for K-12 students. Its programs include national economics challenge, smart-X, curriculum support, teacher awards and professional development. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$25K - $50K

The Gateway for Cancer Research focuses on patient-centered and patient-relevant cancer research. The Gateway supports the funding of truly innovative, unique, patient-centered, cancer research that has the potential to positively impact the lives of cancer patients at the earliest opportunity.

Political Donations

Speaker at Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi


Senate Majority PAC was founded by experienced, aggressive Democratic strategists with one mission: To win Senate races.

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Ellevest, Inc. provides investment advisory and portfolio management services. The firm manages separate client-focused portfolios. It employs fundamental analysis along with top-down approach to create its portfolios. The company was founded by Sallie Lee Krawcheck and Charlie Kroll in November 2014 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Awards & Honors
Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson Award
TIME - 100 Most Influential People in the World
Black Enterprise Magazine - 75 Most Powerful on Wall Street
Creative Works
Executive Producer

Unbroke: What You Need to Know About Money

Compound Foundation - Fostering a Legacy Benefit

Los Angeles, CA, United States
2012 Milken Institute Global Conference

Through a unique international agenda and some of the smartest speakers on the planet, the Milken Institute Global Conference tackles the world’s most difficult challenges in an array of fields - from finance and philanthropy, to the environment and education, to government and health.

Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
2012 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit has evolved into one of the world’s most extraordinary leadership communities, convening the preeminent women in business—along with selected leaders in government, philanthropy, education, and the arts—for wide-ranging and inspiring discussions. The 2012 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit hosted the likes of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang; Actress Jessica Alba; Coca-Cola SVP Wendy Clark; Soledad O’Brien of CNN and Filmmaker Lena Dunham amongst others.

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