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Name: Paul David Hewson                                                           
Also known as Bono                                                                 
Born: 10 May 1960 Dublin, Ireland                                                 
Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known as Bono, is the lead singer and       
principal lyricist of the Irish rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in         
Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his   
wife, Ali Hewson, and the future members of U2. Since that time he has             
been referred to as Bono, his stage and nickname, by his family and fellow band   
members. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, often using political, social and       
religious themes. During their early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to U2's     
rebellious tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by           
personal experiences with members of U2.                                           
Among his non-U2 endeavors, has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists,   
sits on the board of Elevation Partners and has refurbished and now owns a hotel   
with fellow band member, The Edge. Bono is also widely known for his               
activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA. He has organized         
and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians.   
He is the co-founder of EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red. Bono has been     
praised and criticized for his activism and involvement with U2.                   
Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary         
knighthood by the United Kingdom, and was named as a Person of the Year by Time,   
among many other awards and nominations.