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Mellody Hobson

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Benjamin Wachenje

Title: President, Ariel Investments; chairman, DreamWorks Animation SKG; non-executive director of Estée Lauder and Starbucks

Born: April 3, 1969, Chicago

Education: BA in public and international affairs, Princeton University

Early Marker: Joined Chicago investment firm as an intern after college, rising to president in less than a decade.

Big Idea: Advocate for financial literacy and investor education, particularly among minorities.

Wave of the Future: Financial literacy

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