George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, 25-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy George Lucas and Mellody Hobson

Sugar Daddy George Lucas and Mellody HobsonGeorge Lucas is one of the most finan­cially suc­cess­ful Amer­i­can film­mak­ers of his time, hav­ing cre­ated both the Star Wars and Indi­ana Jones film fran­chises. In 1971, Lucas founded his own pro­duc­tion com­pany, Lucas­film Lim­ited. In 2012, after over 40 years of putting out big-budget block­busters, Lucas announced that he was ready to wrap up his career in main­stream Hol­ly­wood. “I’m mov­ing away from the busi­ness, from the com­pany, from all this kind of stuff,” he told a reporter from the New York Times.

Nine months later, it was revealed that The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany had put in an offer to acquire Lucas­film, and in Decem­ber 2012, the deal was finalized—Lucasfilm became an offi­cial Dis­ney sub­sidiary for a whop­ping $4.06 bil­lion. Because Lucas owned the whole com­pany, the hefty sum of money lit­er­ally dou­bled his net worth, which is cur­rently esti­mated to be $7.3 billion.

With a lit­tle more free time on his hands, Lucas was able to shift his focus to some­thing a lit­tle more per­sonal, like his rela­tion­ship with his long-time girl­friend, Mel­lody Hob­son. The celebrity cou­ple first started dat­ing in 2006 after meet­ing at a busi­ness event—Hobson is the chair of lead­ing ani­ma­tion stu­dio Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Their 25-year age dif­fer­ence didn’t seem to mat­ter to either of them because after seven years together, Lucas pro­posed in Jan­u­ary 2013. Their mar­riage took place at Lucas’ famed Sky­walker Ranch in June 2013.

Lucas and Hob­son are a suc­cess story for age-gap dat­ing, and the rea­son their rela­tion­ship has been so suc­cess­ful is that they aren’t naïve about their stark age dif­fer­ence. They both let go of any “pre­con­ceived ideas about what a part­ner should be,” Hob­son said in an inter­view, and keep­ing that open mind is what allowed them to explore the poten­tial of their untra­di­tional relationship.

Sources:

Cur­tis, B., “George Lucas Is Ready to Roll the Cred­its,” The New York Times web site; http://goo.gl/XOIUX, last accessed July 19, 2013.

John­son, Z., “George Lucas Engaged to Mel­lody Hob­son: How They Fell in Love,” Us Weekly web site; http://goo.gl/fIypA, last accessed July 19, 2013.

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