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Bono is the frontman of the Irish rock band U2. He's also known for participating in global charity efforts.
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In 1976, Bono answered an ad asking for someone interested in forming a band. U2 was the result. While fronting one of the most successful bands in recent times, Bono is equally renowned for fighting third world poverty and AIDS.
A short biography of Bono, lead singer of U2 and a dedicated social activist.
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Outside of music, Bono has used his celebrity to generate awareness about many global problems. Over the years, he has met with world leaders and many U.S. politicians to discuss such issues as debt relief for developing countries, world poverty and AIDS. Bono has also lobbied tirelessly on behalf of many causes, including two he helped create. DATA, which stands for Debt AIDS Trade Africa, is dedicated to fighting AIDS and ending poverty in Africa. Started in 2004, One is a nonpartisan campaign to "Make Poverty History" and is supported by more than 100 nonprofit organizations as well as millions of individuals, including celebrities like Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt.
In 2005, Bono and his wife Ali Hewson established EDUN, a socially responsible clothing line. While it is a for-profit enterprise, its mission is to foster "sustainable employment in developing areas of the world, particularly Africa," according to its website. Bono was named a "Person of the Year" by TIME magazine for his charitable work that same year, along with Bill and Melinda Gates. Across the Atlantic, Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary knight of the British Empire in 2007.
Bono eventually turned his sights towards Broadway. Along with U2 band mate The Edge, he worked on music and lyrics while serving as producer for the live theatrical show, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which opened in 2011. The musical, originally directed by Julie Taymor, had a tumultuous road to its opening, with Bono and Taymor falling out and later becoming embroiled in legal battles over copyright infringement and contractual stipulations.
In early 2013, Bono elicited more media buzz over his non-musical work, giving a TED talk on being a "factivist" when it comes to ending global poverty. It has been announced that he and his band have also been working on another album tentatively called 10 Reasons to Exist.
Bono and his wife, Ali, have been married since 1982. They have two daughters, Jordan and Memphis Eve, and two sons, Elijah and John Abraham.
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