After a seven-year courtship, legendary filmmaker George Lucas and his girlfriend, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, are now engaged.
The genius creator of the phenomenally-successful blockbuster franchise Star Wars, 68, and Hobson, a longtime partner and president of a big-time Chicago-based investment management firm, Ariel Investments LLC, 43, are no strangers to showcasing their relationship in the spotlight. The pair are often spotted hand-in-hand on the red carpet, everywhere from the Cannes Film Festival to Formula One Grand Prix races to the NAACP awards.
This will be the second marriage for the “Star Wars” writer-director — he was previously married to Marcia Lucas (1969–1983) — and the first marriage for Hobson, who helms the $3 billion investment firm and is a regular financial contributor to “Good Morning America.”
Lucas recently made headlines after donating $4 billion donating $4 billion to an education foundation — the amount he received after selling Lucasfilm Ltd. (which Lucas solely owned) to Disney.
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” said Lucas. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”