Ali Hewson
Irish businessperson and activist, wife of Bono
Ali Hewson
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.
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On the Runway: Bono and Ali Hewson Join a Natural Beauty Juggernaut
NYTimes - 8 months
Beautycounter, the booming California business, has bought Ms. Hewson’s Nude line from LVMH.
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Cameron: WWII Bomb Found At G8 Summit
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland — Well, that was close. Or was it? Shortly after wrapping up one of the most peaceful Group of Eight summits in recent memory, Prime Minister David Cameron let a cat out of the bag. "Now (hash)G8UK is over I can reveal a bomb was found in Lough Erne," he posted on Twitter. "It was American from WW2. Apparently they had a practice mortar range here!" Not to worry, however. Northern Ireland police mounted a massive security operation to protect the Loch Erne resort west of Enniskillen involving thousands of officers, restricted airspace and contingencies for protesters. While the security appeared aimed at more modern threats, it clearly paid off. Police in Northern Ireland confirmed that "during ongoing checks" ahead of the G-8, a suspicious item was discovered on June 12, which later was confirmed to be military ordnance from WWII. ___ While Dad was off deep in talks of pressing world affairs, presidential daughters Malia and ...
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Bono's wife injured in fall
Monsters and Critics - about 4 years
Bono's wife Ali Hewson has been airlifted to hospital in Costa Rica after falling off a quad bike.
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PHOTOS: Fashion Week Rain Doesn't Stop The Stylish Set In New York
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK — A flurry of assistants rushed to protect racks of clothes at New York Fashion Week from Saturday's sudden downpours – perhaps as potent a reminder as any during these spring previews that seasons can be temperamental. Maybe that's why leather is as common in these previews for spring and summer 2013 as the pops of color and chiffon you might expect. "You can wear those leather jackets all year long," said stylist June Ambrose. "They're sleek enough to go under a parka or a vest and buttery enough for spring." Designers have been moving away from seasonal dressing, meaning that models at Rag & Bone endured layers of leather in a roasting un-air conditioned preview on Friday. "I'm not designing specifically for `the show' or even for spring," said Tom Mora of J. Crew, which has a preview here on Tuesday. "We have deliveries once a month and we always want it to look new." The crowd traded tank tops and open-toed shoes on Friday for long sleev ...
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SPECIAL REPORT: FASHION; The Runway Dialog: Artificial vs. Natural
NYTimes - over 5 years
The words ''virtual reality'' have become a cliché in the wired world. Yet the impact of technology on fashion is a key issue in New York's spring-summer 2012 shows. That refers not just to the digital prints that are overwhelming the catwalks, but also to a state of mind. The way that everything can be melded -- inspirations from Bauhaus to
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NY Fashion Week: Autumn/Winter 2011 New York time - New Europe
Google News - over 5 years
Edun, the brand founded in 2005 by Bono and Ali Hewson, and supported by LVMH since 2009, has been committed to developing trade with Africa. For her second season as designer of the brand, Irish Sharon Wauchob designed a collection named:
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New York Fashion Week: Greener, Cleaner and Meaner - brandchannel.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Bobbi Brown, Anna Dello Russo, Karolina Kurkova, and Rachel Roy. Bloomingdale's: Appearances by Rachel Zoe and Erin Wasson; Edun's Ali Hewson hosts a truth or lie game, while her husband and label backer, U2's Bono, is rumored to be on hand, too
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More Fashion's Night Out Parties and Events Revealed! - FabSugar.com
Google News - over 5 years
Bloomingdale's: Appearances by Rachel Zoe and Erin Wasson; Edun's Ali Hewson will also host a truth or lie game where she and a special guest tell shoppers a story and have them decide whether it's the truth or a lie. Sources are guessing that the
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The secret of Bono's great marriage -- his wife Ali - Irish Central
Google News - over 5 years
Ali Hewson does not live in the shadow of her famous husband Bono, and is uninterested in the trapping of celebrity. After 29 years of marriage, just celebrated, she knows her man and what she wants from the relationship. A recent profile of Ali Hewson
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Ali Hewson: It's a wonderful life being Mrs Bono - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
For nearly three decades, 50-year-old Hewson has been the other, some will say better, half of U2's swaggering frontman, staying at home with the kids, pets, home repairs and school run while Bono (51) struts his stuff on stages around the world for
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Mark Smith , winner of the Vodafone World of Difference competition - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
There is one designer friend, Sharon Wauchob (creative director for Ali Hewson's fashion label Edun), who I'd like to help out with shows in the future. I think the death of the Celtic Tiger . . . has been good for community groups and given them more
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Old Rockers Who Have Turned Into Top Business People - Forbes
Google News - over 5 years
Along with business partner, Ali Hewson, Bono founded Edun in 2005 to be a for-profit business that would encourage trade with Africa. According to the Edun website, “The company actively works to increase trade with Africa and it is aiming to have 40%
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Bono brought to hospital over chest pain scare - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
The U2 frontman was taken to hospital in Monaco by his wife Ali Hewson when he complained of chest pains. The star spent a number of hours at the Princess Grace Memorial Hospital in Monaco but fans will be relieved to hear he wasn't kept in overnight. ... - -
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Edun Autumn/Winter 2011 Women's Collection - Shiny Style
Google News - over 5 years
The brand of Ali Hewson and Bono, offers an array of stylish yet sustainable fashion perfect for wintery fun. Edun's Autumn/Winter 2011 collection focuses on fashionable, utilitarian outerwear, particularly jackets and coats that combine leather and
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Fashion's Night Out Parties and Events Revealed! - FabSugar.com
Google News - over 5 years
Bloomingdale's: Appearances by Rachel Zoe and Erin Wasson; Edun's Ali Hewson will also host a truth or lie game where she and a special guest tell shoppers a story and have them decide whether it's the truth or a lie. Sources are guessing that the
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'Enda has shown that you can beat the begrudgers' - Sunday World
Google News - over 5 years
It was a good week also for Bono and Ali Hewson's daughter Eve who's really starting to make a name for herself as an actress.Another Saoirse Ronan in the making? Fingers crossed. While the nation can breathe a sigh of relief that Uncle Gaybo only had
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LVMH Sees Big Profits, Dior Gains Despite Galliano's Demise - Forbes (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It has been a busy six months for LVMH, which recently acquired a majority stake in Bulgari, faced opposition in buying part of Hermès, opened dozens of stores worldwide, acquired 70% of Ali Hewson's Nude Skincare, and fought critics of its planned
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Angelina Jolie and daughters Shiloh and Zahara at LAX in contrasting sunglasses - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
The ads are set to run for 18 months and will feature other celebrity humanitarians like Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, the founder of fashion line EDUN. In her advert, shot by famous photographer Annie Liebovitz, Angie looks serene and sexy while
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Bono's girl turns heads as she struts her stuff with Hollywood elite - Herald.ie
Google News - over 5 years
Eve Hewson's parents Bono and Ali Hewson regularly rub shoulders with the great and the good. And actress Eve has inherited the same air of confidence from her parents as she effortlessly mixes with the young, rich and famous of
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Peter Gammons, MLB Insider - WEEI.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ali Hewson. You know about half an -- notes you know the prosecute fusion just blew herself up. It gets there there's total jobless so I mean. But it's integrating. Art in all the -- It was ready to go after any all sorts of people and you want
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ali Hewson
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 53
    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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  • 2012
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hewson and her family live in Killiney, in south County Dublin, in a mansion and grounds that overlook the Irish Sea and that have been expanded by purchasing the adjoining property. Bill Clinton and Salman Rushdie are among those who have stayed at the guest house there. With U2 bandmate The Edge, the couple co-own a 20-room villa in Èze in the Alpes-Maritimes in the south of France, where Bono and Hewson often mix with top celebrities. Hewson in particular has been friendly with several supermodels, which she uses to her advantage when booking charity events. Bono and Hewson also own a $14.5 million penthouse apartment at The San Remo on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which they purchased from Steve Jobs. By 2011, the couple's fortune was placed at €572 million. While her husband has provoked a variety of critical responses, some negative; assessments of Hewson have generally been favourable, characterising her as down-to-earth.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The proposition remained difficult, however, and Edun lost €6.8 million in 2011 and €5.9 million in 2012. The Hewsons said the company was in an investment phase and they were satisfied with the five-year strategic business plan underway. Hewson is also co-founder, along with Bryan Meehan, of Nude skincare – a luxury, natural skincare company. Established in 2007, the venture sought to combine ethical principles and environmentally friendly, yet chic, packaging, with a high-performance product based on probiotics and omega oils.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    In 2009, Hewson brought legal action in England against Stella McCartney for bringing out Stella Nude, a new eau de toilette version of the Stella perfume, saying that it amounted to copyright infringement of her own Nude Skincare.
    More Details Hide Details Hewson lost in the High Court when Mr Justice Floyd ruled against her. In February 2011, LVMH purchased 70 percent of Nude skincare. The following year, Hewson said that being part of a much larger corporation gave them research and development resources that they previously lacked and a more focused approach to marketing. She added, "It took us much longer to get here than we anticipated. But we still have very big ambitions for the brand to go much farther." Hewson herself has pale skin and very dark hair, wears little jewellery, and has eschewed cosmetic surgery. The Evening Standard described Hewson's style as "the antithesis of bling" and columnist Amanda Brunker wrote that at age 50 her attractive appearance "seems to defy all the odds" given her hectic lifestyle. And she'd say, 'You don't want to write is what you mean.'...
    In 2009, she staged a public abseil of the 17-storey Elysian Tower in Cork to raise funds for the organisation.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    Hewson was also voted Sexiest Celebrity Other Half in a 2008 poll by entertainment.ie.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hewson demurred once more, saying she did not speak the Irish language well enough, this time adding humorously that she could not see her husband being willing to walk behind her at events. The candidate that Labour did put up, Michael D. Higgins, won the post. Notwithstanding this speculation, Hewson generally shies away from political comments in the media.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    Bono and Ali Hewson were given the Council of Fashion Designers of America board of directors' Special Tribute Award in 2007 for their humanitarian work via the Edun clothing line.
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    It lost €9.7 million in 2007 and €12.8 million in 2008, suffering along with the rest of the apparel sector from the credit crisis of 2008.
    More Details Hide Details After the couple had put $20 million of their own funds into the venture, they sold 49 percent of it to French conglomerate LVMH in 2009. The relaunched Edun featured Sharon Wauchob as its new chief designer. By 2010, the company had outsourced much of the manufacturing for its new fashion line to China, generating some negative reactions, while simpler garments were still African-made. Hewson said that business realities compelled this action, but that she hoped more work could be done in Africa in the future.
    The effects of the financial crisis of 2007–2008 then put a halt to the entire Heuston Gate project.
    More Details Hide Details As of November 2012, there were no signs that the Heuston Gate or science centre projects would be revived.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    In 2005, Hewson, Bono and designer Rogan Gregory co-founded the EDUN fashion label.
    More Details Hide Details It was intended to help bring about positive change in Africa through a fair trade-based relationship rather than by direct aid. Another aim of the label was to set an ethical example in an industry they felt had long exploited child labour. She said they wanted "to show that you can make a for-profit business where everybody in the chain is treated well." Hewson had not been particularly interested in fashion prior to this undertaking. Hewson emphasised that Edun would have to be profitable to be considered a success, but in this it struggled. She later admitted that the couple were naive about what it takes to make a successful fashion enterprise. Edun encountered problems with both quality of goods and delivery times from their African suppliers, and most of the stores originally carrying the line dropped it.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    Hewson received a media mention two years later as a possible Social Democratic and Labour Party candidate in the 2004 European Parliament elections after John Hume had stood down.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details It would obviously be a huge honour if I was asked to take on such a huge task, but for one thing I'm not sure I'm qualified, and for another I've got four small kids to bring up first." She also expressed contentment with incumbent President Mary McAleese staying for another term. She jokingly added that she could not see Bono agreeing to live in a smaller house.
  • 2002
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Shut Sellafield Campaign had its postcards stocked in Superquinn and Dunnes Stores supermarkets, and Hewson publicly engaged Tesco when they refused to do the same. The campaign was backed by celebrities, including Ronan Keating and Samantha Mumba, and Hewson made many newspaper and radio appearances on its behalf. It was the first prolonged exposure Hewson had to the public eye, after two decades of mostly being focused upon maintaining her privacy. Her continued activism also meant that she too would not always be around for the couple's children.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks, she also viewed the plant as vulnerable to terrorists.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 24
    This involvement led her to become interested in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.
    More Details Hide Details After a request by activist Adi Roche, she went to blighted, high-radiation exclusion zones in Belarus for three weeks to narrate part of Black Wind, White Land. The 1993 Irish documentary, shown on RTÉ, highlighted the plight of fallout victims of the Chernobyl event. Hot Press magazine wrote that Hewson had "obvious gifts as a presenter, which include a sense of quiet compassion that draws forth the best from the people she talks with." Another reviewer said that the documentary was very effective until she started speaking. Since 1994, Hewson has been a patron of Chernobyl Children's Project International (shortened to Chernobyl Children International in 2010), an organisation founded and run by Roche that works with children, families, and communities that continue to be affected by Chernobyl. Through the years, Hewson has taken at least ten trips to Belarus and other nations in the region despite the risk to her health. She has organised overland aid convoys and sometimes driven ambulances filled with medical supplies herself; in one case she had to retreat quickly when a fire spread in a village a few miles from Chernobyl. Hewson has made sure her own children met those from Chernobyl with birth deformities and other illnesses, so that they would have a broader appreciation of the world and what to be thankful for. She has said that fundraising for those affected is very difficult, given that many people believe the problems of Chernobyl are all in the past.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Two sons, Elijah Bob Patricus Guggi Q and John Abraham, were born in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Being effectively a single parent while U2 toured was difficult for Hewson, but she now found Bono helpful even at a distance.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She saw children with no possessions and at risk of death; despite this, to her they appeared more spiritually alive than those in Ireland who had material comforts but seemed spoiled and spiritually unaware. In 1986, the couple travelled to strife-torn areas in Nicaragua and El Salvador on a visit organised by Central American Mission Partners. In 1992, Hewson participated in Greenpeace protests against the Sellafield plant for nuclear reprocessing, located across the Irish Sea in Cumbria, England. She was especially set against the under-construction Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant component being opened. She was aboard Greenpeace's MV Solo when it staged a publicity-oriented "raid" wherein the band members landed on the beach at the plant in rubber dinghies, but she said she had not been responsible for that particular protest.
  • 1983
    Age 21
    As the band broke through in popularity with the War Tour in 1983, Ali Hewson did not readily adapt to the new circumstances.
    More Details Hide Details After seeing her with the group at a trendy Hollywood nightspot, journalist Ethlie Ann Vare commented that Ali looked "as out of place as a dairymaid in a brothel." Although she had wanted to become a nurse, Hewson gave up on the notion, as the intense schooling required would have been incompatible with the direction that her husband's life had taken. Instead she focused on studying in the social sciences, to give her an ability to understand social policy and make a difference to people, similar to what nursing would have enabled.
  • 1982
    Age 20
    Hewson married Bono on 21 August 1982 in a Church of Ireland ceremony at All Saints Church, Raheny.
    More Details Hide Details The ceremony combined rituals of both conventional Protestantism and the Shalom Friendship group that Bono and other U2 members had belonged to. In debt to U2's record label, Island Records, the couple could not afford a honeymoon, but Island founder Chris Blackwell gave them use of the Goldeneye estate he owned in Jamaica. Having returned to Ireland, the couple moved to a small mews house in Howth, which they shared with the rest of U2. We allow each other to pursue our goals. I wouldn't want to be married to someone who wasn't happy with what they were doing in life, and B wouldn't either. I have learned a lot about what it means to be married, how great it can be if you persevere. We're very close.
    Raised in Raheny, she met her future husband at a young age at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and married him in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details She was awarded 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. She has inspired several U2 songs, most famously "Sweetest Thing". Hewson became involved in anti-nuclear activism in the 1990s. She narrated Black Wind, White Land, a 1993 Irish documentary about the lasting effects of the Chernobyl disaster, and has worked closely with activist Adi Roche. She has been a patron of Chernobyl Children's Project International since 1994 and has participated in a number of aid missions to the high-radiation exclusion zones of Belarus. She has also campaigned against Sellafield, the northern English nuclear facility. In 2002 she helped lead an effort which sent more than a million postcards, urging the site be closed, to Prime Minister Tony Blair and others. Hewson has repeatedly been discussed by tabloid newspapers as a possible candidate for political offices, including President of Ireland. None of these suggestions have come to fruition.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the meantime she worked in a motor insurance company and in her father's electrical business.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on March 23, 1961.
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