The lead singer of Irish rock band U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Ballymun, Dublin. He met the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton at school, and in 1978 U2 was formed. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 157 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys.
Bono is also a well-known activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa and the cofounder of sister organizations ONE and (RED).
ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity. As part of his work with ONE, Bono has lobbied heads of state and government, and members of legislatures all around the world. This lobbying combined with the work of ONE’s grassroots membership has helped to ensure the passage and funding of government policies and programs that have helped to save tens of millions of lives over the past 10 years.
(RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands to raise public awareness about and corporate contributions for the AIDS crisis. To date, (RED) has generated more than $650 million for AIDS treatment and prevention in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Bono is also cofounder of The Rise Fund, a global impact fund investing in entrepreneurial companies driving measurable, positive social and environmental change in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bono has received a number of awards for his music and activism, including the Legion D’Honneur from the French Government, TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year (along with Bill and Melinda Gates), and an honorary British knighthood.
President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group and Chairman of the Dangote Foundation
Co-founder, ONE & (RED)
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Chief Executive Officer, African Leadership Institute
Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust *
Managing Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation *
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
President & CEO, Business Roundtable *
Former United States Senator
Global Head of Government Relations and Communications, Bloomberg L.P. Chairman, Bloomberg Government
Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
Senior Vice President for Public-Private Partnerships, Mastercard Inc.
Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations *
Director of the School of Transnational Governance
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Chairwoman, The Sherwood Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
Board Chair, ONE, and Principal, Firefly3 *
* also serves on the ONE Action Board.