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Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}), is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> He is best recognized as the frontman 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.<ref name=MacphistoNet /><ref name="Bono on Bono" /><ref name=ATU2Clayton /> Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, frequently using religious, social, and political themes.<ref name=ATU2comBonoBio /><ref name=Stockman /> During U2's early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to their rebellious and spiritual tone.<ref name=ATU2comBonoBio /> As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with the other members.<ref name="Bono on Bono" /><ref name=ATU2comBonoBio />

Outside the band, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists,<ref name=111393NPR /><ref name="CASH" /><ref name="HPRESSBONO" /> is managing director and a managing partner of Elevation Partners,<ref name="Billboard.biz">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and has refurbished and owns the Clarence Hotel in Dublin with The Edge.<ref name=EPPDF /><ref name=ClarenceHotel /> Bono is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red.<ref name="Bono on Bono" /><ref name=NationalPrayerBreakfast /> He has organised and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians.<ref name=NationalPrayerBreakfast /><ref name=Time1986 /><ref name=05312005RollingStone /> Bono has been praised and criticised for his activism and involvement with U2.<ref name=2006Nobel>Mellgren, D. (24 February 2006). Bono Among Nobel Peace Prize Nominees. Associated Press. Retrieved 14 January 2007, from Bono Among Nobel Peace Prize Nominees.</ref><ref name=Grammy /><ref name="tax shelter" />

Bono was granted an honorary knighthood by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom for "his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work", and, with Bill and Melinda Gates, was named Time Person of the Year in 2005,<ref name=2006Nobel /><ref name=122306BBC /><ref name=PersonoftheYear /> among other awards and nominations. On 17 July 2013, the BBC announced that Bono had been made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters).


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