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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Financing Your Child's Freshman Year
a challenge. "Good Morning America" financial contributor Mellody Hobson appeared on the show today to answer
Aug 20, 2008 02:30 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
The Truth About Credit Card Reward Programs
Mellody Hobson Explains How and Why They Are Changing
May 10, 2009 10:56 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Five Ways to Maximize Your Tax Refund
Investments Mellody Hobson shares five ways to maximize your tax refund this year. New Homeowner ... the end of the year. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments in Chicago, is "Good Morning
Jan 27, 2009 07:54 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Go Phish: Beware of Financial Scamming
of exactly what you should and should not do. Their address is www.ftc.gov . Mellody Hobson
Nov 06, 2008 03:31 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Mellody's Money 'Cheat Sheet'
to you? "Good Morning America" financial contributor Mellody Hobson breaks it down with a finance ... . The benefits of investing in a money market fund far outweigh any of the risks. Mellody Hobson
Sep 17, 2008 08:03 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
What to Do If You Face a Layoff
they are about to be let go? "Good Morning America" financial contributor Mellody Hobson answers a few ... , and in the long run, that money will not be accruing interest. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel
Oct 23, 2008 10:03 AM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
More Mortgage Options Help Aspiring Home Owners
personal finance questions. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management
Mar 26, 2004 06:26 AM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson Mellody Hobson, ABC News
Quiz: Are You in Debt Over Your Head?
getting a second job ��� one dedicated exclusively to paying down your debt. Mellody Hobson
Jan 13, 2004 06:19 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson Mellody Hobson, ABC News
How to Choose the Right Bank For You
personal finance questions. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management
Mar 02, 2004 06:58 AM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson Mellody Hobson, ABC News
How to Get Your Unclaimed Money Back
Mellody Hobson answers some frequently asked questions about how to find out if you have unclaimed assets
Sep 24, 2007 03:56 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
How to Talk to Your Parents About Money
Get Mellody Hobson's Tips for Discussing Finances With Your Elders
Jul 14, 2009 02:48 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Recession Rescue: Tackle Your Auto Loan Debt
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Jan 22, 2008 11:13 AM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Expert's Guide: Protect Your 401K
Mellody Hobson Explains What You Need to Know to Safeguard Your 401K in a Shaky Economy
Apr 02, 2008 01:39 PM Story from GMA/MellodyHobson MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Five Ways to File Your Taxes for Free
Morning America" financial contributor Mellody Hobson offers five ways to get your taxes done ... preparation business like H&R Block . They are better equipped to handle complicated tax returns. Mellody
Feb 25, 2009 09:06 PM Story from GMA/Economy MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
Holding on to Your Health Care
Mellody Hobson Offers Health Care Tips for the Employed and Unemployed
Mar 16, 2009 06:18 PM Story from GMA/OnCall MELLODY HOBSON, ABC News
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