The lead singer of Irish rock band U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Ballymun, Dublin. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 140 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys.
Bono is also a well-known activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He is the cofounder of two organizations involved in that fight, ONE and (RED).
Backed by more than 2.5 million members, ONE is a grassroots advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa by calling world leaders to support smart, effective programs that have saved millions of lives over the past 10 years. As part of his work with ONE, Bono has lobbied U.S. Presidents and Congressional leaders, as well as heads of other G20 nations. Bono is also the cofounder, with Bobby Shriver, of Product (RED), which teams up with iconic brands to help drive corporate profits into the fight against AIDS. Founded in 2006, (RED) partners and events have generated over $175 million to date for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bono also helped launch EDUN, an ethically-sourced high fashion clothing company started by his wife Ali Hewson that produces clothing in the developing world.
Bono has received a number of awards for his music and activism, including the Legion D'Honneur from the French Government in 2003, TIME Magazine's Person of the Year for 2005 (along with Bill and Melinda Gates), and an honorary British knighthood in 2007.