Quick Facts

Full NamePaul David Hewson
Date of BirthMay 10, 1960
Place of BirthDublin, Ireland
Other NamesBono Vox
EducationMount Temple Comprehensive School
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, activist, businessman
OrganizationOne Campaign
SpouseAli Stewart (m. 1982)
Children4 (including Eve and Elijah Hewson)
GenresRock, alternative rock, pop rock, post-punk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica
Years Active1976–present
LabelsIsland, Interscope, Mercury, CBS Ireland
Member ofU2
Net Worth$700 million
Awards– 22 Grammy Awards – Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Time Person of the Year (2005) – Honorary knighthood by Elizabeth II (2007) – Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2013) – Other humanitarian and music industry honors
Activism– Advocate for social justice causes, including fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa – Co-founder of DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign, and Product Red – Participates in benefit concerts and lobbies politicians for relief efforts
Criticism– Criticized for bypassing African businesses in his activist efforts and for tax avoidance in personal finances
Collaborations– Recorded with numerous artists outside U2 – Collaborated with the Edge on various projects, including songs for Roy Orbison, Tina Turner, and Martin Garrix, and soundtracks for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and a London stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange
Business Ventures– Invested in refurbishment of the Clarence Hotel in Dublin – Managing director and managing partner of private equity firm Elevation Partners, which invested in several companies

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