It’s the little baby with the big name.
Congrats to Chicago’s own financial guru Mellody Hobson and new husband and legendary filmmaker George Lucas on the arrival of their baby daughter. Everest Hobson Lucas — born Aug. 9, via surrogate.
No, the name of Hobson and her “Star Wars” creator-husband’s little girl has nothing to do with either a desire to experience extreme mountain-climbing — or an affinity for that elegant Chicago eatery of the same name.
Asked about the significance of her baby daughter’s first name, Hobson emailed Monday, “Everest is the name of a friend’s son, who is South African. I loved it the first time I heard it many years ago.”
This is the first biological child for Hobson and Lucas, who were married June 22 at the “Star Wars” creator’s Skywalker Ranch in Northern California — followed by a major celebration of their wedding at Chicago’s Promontory Point on June 29.
Lucas has three older children, Amanda, 32, adopted while married to his first wife, Marcia — plus Katie, 25, and Jett, 20 — adopted after their divorce in 1983.
Along with serving as president of the Chicago-based Ariel investment firm, Hobson also is a regular financial news contributor to CBS News.
Hobson and Lucas’ California wedding attracted a number of Hollywood A-listers with close connections to the couple, including Harrison Ford, director Ron Howard, Oprah Winfrey, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg. The ceremony was officiated by Bill Moyers.
The Chicago reception the following weekend featured an even larger gathering — with many well-known personalities as part of the guest list.
Oscar winner Robin Williams jetted in for the occasion, as did Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Andrew Shue, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Gayle King, Chris Columbus, Tom Joyner and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Among high-profile Chicagoans in attendance were former mayor Richard Daley, his brother and gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley, Desiree Rogers, Linda Johnson Rice, University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer, Rev. Jesse Jackson Paula Wolff, Leslie Hindman and Shirley and Pat Ryan.
For many, the highlight of the evening was the surprise appearance of Prince as the party’s primary entertainment.