Mellody Hobson

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Money-savvy expert Mellody Hobson has been educating viewers on important financial decisions as "Good Morning America's" financial contributor since 2000. She... Read More »

Money-savvy expert Mellody Hobson has been educating viewers on important financial decisions as "Good Morning America's" financial contributor since 2000. She appears regularly on "GMA" and played a large role in the morning broadcast's recent "Make Money in May" series, in which viewers were provided month-long daily tips and information on how to earn extra money in this volatile economic climate.

In May of 2009, Hobson hosted her first ABC special, entitled "Unbroke," in which many of Hollywood's biggest stars joined her to educate Americans on how to manage their money.

Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and 401(k) plans through its no-load mutual funds and manages separate accounts for institutional clients. As President, she is responsible for firmwide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the mutual funds.

A nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education, Hobson is a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey, which examines the influences and investing habits of Black and White Americans. Additionally, she is regularly featured columnist for Black Enterprise magazine and frequently quoted in various publications including, Money, Fortune, Fast Company and PINK magazine.

Beyond Ariel Investments, Hobson works with a variety of civic, corporate and professional institutions. Her community outreach includes serving as a board member for the Chicago Public Library and its foundation, The Field Museum, The Chicago Public Education Fund and The Sundance Institute. She is also a director of three public companies: DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation.

Hobson earned her degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy and is a former trustee of the university. She resides in Chicago, IL.

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Mellody's Math: Battle of the Spending Sexes
unnecessary strain. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management in Chicago, is Good
Feb 19, 2002 02:44 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Financial Resolutions 2002
financial picture. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management in Chicago, is GoodMorning
Jan 01, 2002 09:28 AM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
How Much Should I Tip for the Holidays?
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Dec 10, 2001 06:30 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
How the Stimulus Package Will Affect You
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Jan 06, 2003 10:46 AM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
How to Teach Children About Money
what they already have. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management
Jun 19, 2003 07:42 PM Story from GMA/AmericanFamily Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Tips To Keep Your 401(k) Healthy
calculations, click here. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management in Chicago
Jul 11, 2002 10:05 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Mellody's Math: Avoid Bank Fees
or use your debit card for something you really cannot afford. Mellody Hobson, president
Jun 27, 2002 03:10 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Mellody's Math: Cheerleading Ca-Ching
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Jun 04, 2002 08:42 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Quick Tip: Summer Vacation Bargains
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Jul 22, 2010 04:04 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Filing Late? Seven Last-Minute Tax Tips
for the given year. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management in Chicago, is Good Morning
Apr 02, 2002 08:39 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Tips for Cost-Conscious Holiday Spending
impact. I like to think of it as a present for the future. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel
Dec 11, 2001 03:06 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Where You'll Find a Job In 2003
over is yours to keep. E-mail Mellody with your personal finance questions. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management in Chicago, is Good Morning America's personal finance
Jan 15, 2003 12:55 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson Mellody Hobson, ABC News
How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays?
such as baggage handlers at the airport and hotel maids. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital
Dec 10, 2002 07:05 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Master The Fast-Changing Mortgage Rate Game
deal is better overall, point out the discrepancy and try to negotiate. Mellody Hobson
Aug 20, 2003 01:42 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Mellody's Math: Everyday Money-Saving Secrets
high school student should be eligible to apply for 30 to 40 different scholarships. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management in Chicago, is GoodMorning America's personal finance
Aug 18, 2002 08:51 PM Story from GMA Mellody Hobson, ABC News
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