Rock Musician / Humanitarian

Born: 10 May 1960
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Best known as: Lead singer of the rock band U2

Name at birth: Paul Hewson

Bono is the lead singer and front man for the Irish rock band U2, one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and 1990s. The group's albums include The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Pop (1997) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2005); their singles include "Mysterious Ways," "Where The Streets Have No Name," and "Beautiful Day." As a public figure, Bono is also known as an earnest advocate for various political causes, in particular world hunger and African poverty. In 2005 he shared Time magazine's Person of the Year award with Bill and Melinda Gates. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II; he received the award in March of 2007.

Extra credit: Bono reportedly got his nickname from Bono Vox, the Latin term for "good voice" and a brand of hearing aid... The other members of U2 include Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, and Dave Evans (AKA 'The Edge')... Bono joined Sting, Paul McCartney and dozens of other musicians in Bob Geldof's charity supergroup Band Aid; their 1984 single "Do They Know It's Christmas" sold three million copies and raised millions of pounds for famine relief in Africa... Though he has received an honorary knighthood, Bono is not eligible for the formal title of "Sir." Bono is Irish, and that title is reserved for citizens of the U.K. and the British commonwealth.

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