The Global Irish
Philanthropist, stage personality, lyricist, vocalist and larger-than-life legend Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Ballymun, Co. Dublin in 1960.
His band U2 has won a whopping 22 Grammy awards, but aside from his impressive discography, Bono is known for his passion for humanitarian causes and diplomatic ability to form alliances with diverse leaders.
He has been involved with projects including Amnesty International’s Conspiracy of Hope tour (1986), Band Aid, Live Aid, and Live 8.
He co-founded the organization DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) and the socially conscious fashion line EDUN, and is the only person to be nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Grammy and the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2008, he was awarded the Nobel Man of Peace Prize.
Bono married Alison Stewart in 1982 and they live in Killiney with their four children.
Return to Global 100