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and chairman of Ariel Mutual Funds, in January of this year.
In late 2012, Lucas made headlines for selling Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion.
Those who know Hobson say her recent comments demonstrated the passion and directness that allowed her to climb from a young girl sweeping hallways of rental units owned by her single mother to an Ivy League graduate negotiating billion-dollar investments in her hometown.
To family, peers and high-profile public figures — Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Dream Works Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and former presidential candidate Bill Bradley to name a few — Hobson is celebrated as an extraordinary woman trying to help the city she loves."She has this amazing combination of incredible intellect, emotional authenticity and as big a heart as anybody I know," said Katzenberg, who noted that Hobson's role as chairwoman of the film company's board provided filmmakers with much-needed encouragement as they made "Home," a rare animated film featuring an African-American protagonist.
Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education.