George Lucas engaged to Chicago financier Mellody Hobson
BY MICHAEL SNEED Sun-Times columnist January 3, 2013 4:30PM
It’s Mellody time.
Chicago investment whiz Mellody Hobson just got engaged to film director George “Star Wars” Lucas over the Christmas holidays.
Hobson, whose been dating Lucas for about six years, told Sneed recently, “When we started dating, it was the first time he had been in Chicago.”
“It happened just recently and they told close friends of their engagement while vacationing in St. Barts,” said a Hobson source who confirmed the engagement Thursday.
“The wedding is being planned for late spring and it’s a good guess it will be in either the San Francisco area [Lucas’ home base] or Chicago [Hobson’s home base],” said the source.
In light of the news, the inscription on the couple’s annual Christmas card that Sneed received should come as no surprise: “If not us, then whom? If not now, then when?” — John F. Kennedy
The previous year’s card was emblazoned with this Steve Jobs quote: “Your time is limited. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
A memo announcing the engagement was sent out Thursday to Hobson’s co-workers at Chicago-based Ariel Investment — one of the largest African-American-owned assets-management firms in the country. Hobson is president of the firm.
Hobson, 43, is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep, attended Princeton and is pals with President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
In a New York Times story published last year, Lucas, 68, juxtaposed himself as a “’60s, West Coast, liberal, radical, artsy, dyed-in-the-wool 99 percenter before there was such a thing.”
But, he said, they found they had a lot in common.
“I was attracted to her because she’s really, really smart . . . If you’re more beautiful than I am and smarter than I am and you’ll put up with me, that’s all it takes. I’m there.”
Lucas recently made waves by donating the money he gained by selling Lucasfilm — $4 billion — to an education foundation.
In July, Hobson was named chair of After School Matters, the charity founded by Chicago’s former first lady Maggie Daley.
Expect to see the power couple regularly around town.
Contributing: Mitch Dudek