Bono is the lead singer of the Irish rock group, U2. U2 released
their first record in April 1980, and have since sold over
100 million albums worldwide, winning fourteen Grammy music
awards in the US and six Brit Awards in the UK along the way.
In 2002 U2 were awarded MTV's Lifetime Achievement Award and
honoured at the Brits for An Outstanding Contribution to Music.
U2 have supported Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and the
Burma Action Campaign.
Since 1998, Bono has been an active supporter of the international
Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign, which campaigned for
the unpayable debts of the world's poorest countries to be
written off to mark the new millennium. He has used his fame
to get the media to pay attention to debt, poverty and AIDS
in Africa, and to get access to the world's most powerful
He has spent the past three years lobbying international
politicians, the IMF and World Bank, and has met many world
leaders including George Bush, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and
Thabo Mbeki. In 1999, he went to Rome to join forces with
Pope John Paul II to persuade the Group of Eight richest nations
(G8) to increase debt cancellation. In 2000, he joined Nigerian
President, Olusegun Obasanjo, to present the world's largest
petition (24 million signatures) to UN Secretary General,
Kofi Annan, calling for much more debt cancellation for the
poorest countries. In 2001, Bono helped bring together American
music artists including Destiny's Child and Puff Daddy, to
record Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On?' to raise money and
awareness to fight AIDS in Africa. In 2003, he helped lobby
for an increase in overseas aid to Africa, which resulted
in a promise from President Bush to add an extra $5 billion
a year for poor countries. Bono also spent two weeks on a
highly-publicised trip with US Treasury-Secretary, Paul O'Neill,
to Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia to make the case
for more money for AIDS and fighting poverty.
Bono, along with Live Aid's Sir Bob Geldof, has set up a
network called DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa), which targets
rich governments to increase resources and improve their policies
towards African countries.
Bono lives in Dublin, Ireland, with his wife and four children.