Ali Hewson

Businessperson and Activist + Wife of Bono
Born Mar 23, 1961

Alison "Ali" Hewson, is an Irish activist, a businesswoman, and the wife of rock group U2's lead singer Bono. Raised in Raheny, she met her future husband at a young age at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and married him in 1982. She earned a degree in politics and sociology from University College Dublin in 1989. The couple have four children together and live at residences in Ireland, France, and the United States.… Read More

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  • On The Runway: Bono And Ali Hewson Join A Natural Beauty Juggernaut
    NYTimes - Jun 27, 2016
  • Cameron: Wwii Bomb Found At G8 Summit
    Huffington Post - Jun 18, 2013
  • Bono's Wife Injured In Fall
    Monsters and Critics - Feb 22, 2013
  • Photos: Fashion Week Rain Doesn't Stop The Stylish Set In New York
    Huffington Post - Sep 08, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ali Hewson.


1961 Birth Born on March 23, 1961.


1979 18 Years Old At one point, the pair split up, but soon reunited. The relationship became more serious as she accompanied him in his efforts to break through in the music industry, and by 1979 they were discussing marriage, conditional upon his career becoming established. … Read More


1982 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Raised in Raheny, she met her future husband at a young age at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and married him in 1982. … Read More
1983 22 Years Old As the band broke through in popularity with the War Tour in 1983, Ali Hewson did not readily adapt to the new circumstances. … Read More
1985 24 Years Old In late 1985, following U2's participation in Live Aid, Bono and Hewson spent five weeks as aid volunteers in Ajibar during the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. … Read More
1986 25 Years Old 1 More Event
By Bono's own description, the marriage hit a period of strain in 1986 due to time commitments during the group's recording of The Joshua Tree. Tensions continued in 1987 during the subsequent Joshua Tree Tour. Ali received a degree in social science, politics and sociology from University College Dublin in 1989 at age 28, giving birth to the couple's first daughter, Jordan, two weeks before her final exams. Further plans to earn a master's degree in moral and political ethics were derailed by the birth of their second daughter, Memphis Eve, in 1991. … Read More


2001 40 Years Old …  In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks, she also viewed the plant as vulnerable to terrorists.
2002 41 Years Old In April 2002, Hewson was one of the leaders of an effort which delivered over a million postcards demanding that the facility be shut down; recipients included British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles, and Norman Askew, head of British Nuclear Fuels Limited. (The message to the first said, "Tony, look me in the eye and tell me I'm safe.") She personally delivered a giant postcard to Blair at 10 Downing Street. … Read More
2004 43 Years Old 1 More Event
As the postcard effort was reaching its peak, tabloid newspapers speculated that the Labour Party wanted to put Hewson up for the Irish presidential election of 2004, with the Daily Mirror quoting an unnamed party insider as saying, "She's a mother of four but she has always had world issues at heart and she'd make the perfect candidate." (Labour had succeeded with its candidate Mary Robinson in the 1990 election but came in fourth with Roche in the 1997 election.) Hewson stated that she had not been approached, and that "It's not a serious proposition. … Read More
2005 44 Years Old In 2005, Hewson, Bono and designer Rogan Gregory co-founded the EDUN fashion label. … Read More
…  The effects of the financial crisis of 2007–2008 then put a halt to the entire Heuston Gate project. … Read More
2008 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The notion of her running for Irish president came up again in 2008 in conjunction with the 2011 election; columnist Fiona Looney wrote in the Daily Mail that while "she is certainly a decent and smart woman", the position was better held by someone with a stronger background and more diplomatic experience. … Read More
2009 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2009, she staged a public abseil of the 17-storey Elysian Tower in Cork to raise funds for the organisation.


2011 50 Years Old Hewson devoted a large amount of time to Edun, saying in 2011, "I think fashion industry is the toughest business there is," and that despite the obstacles and struggles, "you just keep going." … Read More
2012 51 Years Old …  Not known for being musical herself, Hewson did perform Lady Gaga's "Telephone", as a duet with her husband, to serenade their daughter Eve at her 21st birthday celebration at a club in Las Vegas in 2012. … Read More
2015 54 Years Old In 2015 Hewson signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.
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