Singer + Songwriter
Born May 10, 1960

Paul David Hewson, best known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, often using political, social, and religious themes.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bono.


1960 Birth Bono was born in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, on 10 May 1960. … Read More


1974 14 Years Old He went to the local primary Glasnevin National School. Bono's mother died on 10 September 1974, after suffering a cerebral aneurysm at her father's funeral. … Read More
1976 16 Years Old On 25 September 1976, Bono, David Evans ("The Edge"), his brother Dik and Adam Clayton responded to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band. … Read More


1982 22 Years Old He said of his early guitar playing in a 1982 interview, "When we started out I was the guitar player, along with the Edge—except I couldn't play guitar. … Read More
1985 25 Years Old …  This has happened on several occasions including at the Live Aid concert in 1985 where he leapt off the stage and pulled a woman from the crowd to dance with her as the band played "Bad", and in 2005 during U2's Vertigo Tour stop in Chicago, where he pulled a boy onto the stage during the song "An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart". … Read More
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In a 1986 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Bono explained that he was motivated to become involved in social and political causes by seeing one of the Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows, staged by John Cleese and producer Martin Lewis for the human-rights organisation Amnesty International in 1979. "I saw 'The Secret Policeman's Ball' and it became a part of me. … Read More
1987 27 Years Old Following the Enniskillen bombing that left 11 dead and 63 injured on 8 November 1987, the Provisional IRA paramilitaries threatened to kidnap Bono.


2002 42 Years Old During a March 2002 visit to the White House, after President Bush unveiled a $5 billion aid package, he accompanied the President for a speech on the White House lawn where he stated, "This is an important first step, and a serious and impressive new level of commitment. This must happen urgently, because this is a crisis." … Read More
2003 43 Years Old Bono has won numerous awards with U2, including 22 Grammy awards and the 2003 Golden Globe award for best original song, "The Hands That Built America", for the film Gangs of New York. … Read More
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In 2004, he was awarded the Pablo Neruda International Presidential Medal of Honour from the Government of Chile.
In contrast, in 2005, Bono spoke on CBC Radio, alleging then Prime Minister Martin was being slow about increasing Canada's foreign aid.
2006 46 Years Old Bono spoke in advance of President Bush at the 54th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, held at the Hilton Washington Hotel on 2 February 2006. … Read More
In 2007, Bono was named in the UK's New Years Honours List as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


2012 52 Years Old Bono's stake was valued at approximately US$ 1 billion in February 2012. … Read More
Bono was named one of the 17 Irish artists to be proud of by the Irish Post on 9 April 2013.
2014 54 Years Old On 16 November 2014, Bono was involved in a "high energy bicycle accident" when he attempted to avoid another rider. … Read More
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