5/10/1960, Dublin, Ireland

Birth Name

Paul David Hewson



Also Known As

Bono Vox, Paul Hewson
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Paul David Hewson, as today we know as Bono, was born in 1960 as the second child of Robert and Iris Hewson. He grew up in Dublin and went to school at Dublin's Glasnevin National Primary School and then toMount TempleSecondary School for Boys. At the age of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2002, Bono and his fellow U2 band members appeared on postage stamps in Ireland.

    • His daughter Jordan is born on his 29th birthday. (They share the same birthday.)

    • Red is the natural color of his hair.

    • As a child he was a chess champion.

    • An old man posed as Bono's grandfather, and got into a U2 concert for free.

    • On August 21,2001 his father, Robert Hewson, died of cancer.

    • He does volunteer work in Africa and South America.

    • He married Alison Stewart on August 21, 1982 in a chapel on the Guinness family estate.

    • He's never seen in the public eye without his sunglasses.

    • At his wedding his best man was Adam Clayton.

    • He has four children as of 2007.

    • He didn't like his name Paul David Hewson, so he changed it to Bono.

    • His band U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2005.

    • He loves traveling around the world.

    • The songs I Will Follow, Mofo, Out of Control, and Tomorrow were about his mother's death.

    • His band U2 plays rock.

    • He sings, plays guitar, and plays the harmonica.

    • Bono credits watching The Secret Policeman's Ball in 1979 as being his inspiration to get involved with charity work.

    • Bono is on the board of the private equity firm called 'Elevation Partners', that invests in entertainment businesses and ventures.

    • Bono and The Edge bought and renovated a two-star 70 bedroom Dublin hotel. They refurbished the Clarence Hotel, making it into an elite five-star, 49 bedroom establishment that is one of the city's most expensive and exclusive hotels.

    • Bono has written songs for or with the following artists: Johnny Cash, BB King, Sinead O'Connor, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tina Turner.

    • Bono answered an ad in 1976 to be a member of a rock band. Luckily, so did David Howell Evans (The Edge), Dick Evans, Adam Clayton, and the ad originator Larry Mullen. They called themselves 'The Hype' until Dick Evans left the group, they then changed their name to U2.

    • Bono illustrated the children's book Peter and the Wolf with his two daughters, Jordan and Eve in 2003. The royalties from the book went to the Irish Hospice Foundation.

    • Bono and his wife teamed up with New York designer Rogan to create the high fashion casual wear line 'Edun' (nude spelled backwards). It is a socially conscious company that supports developing countries.

    • Bono appeared as himself in a short student film titled Sightings of Bono, after hearing that the students were trying to find a looke-a-like to portray him.

    • Bono escorted supermodel Christy Turlington down the aisle at her wedding to Edward Burns.

    • Bono's charitable organization DATA is devoted to matters of Debt, AIDS, Trade, and Africa.

    • Bono's project RED partners iconic businesses with charity to donate a percentage of their profits to help women and children who are affected with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Businesses that are involved include: The Gap, Armani, American Express, Converse, and Motorolla.

    • Bono is the only person to be nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Nobel Peace Prize.

    • Bono and his wife spent a month in Ethiopia staying at an orphanage. They helped to feed the thousands of people that would walk for miles in search of a meal.

    • Once had skin cells from his throat tested to see if he had throat cancer, as his doctor thought in 1997. Bono never told anyone including his family and bandmates.

    • Bono was awarded the "Time Person of the Year" in 2005, along with Bill and Melinda Gates, for his work promoting justice and equality.

    • In 2003, Bono was awarded the Legion D'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac on behalf of the French government, for his contribution to music and his campaigning work.

    • On December 23, 2006, Bono was awarded an honorary British knighthood, for his services to the music industry and his humanitarian work.

    • He was included along with the 200 people in People magazine's annual edition of the "Sexiest Men Alive".

    • Bono's mother died when he was just 14 of a cerebral aneurysm. He always felt very distant from his family and spent most of his time at friends' houses.

    • Bono worked at a gas station before joining U2.

    • He says one of his most favorite U2 songs is Stay (Farway, So Close!) and thinks it's one of the underrated songs.

    • Bono performed duets with Tony Bennett and Jennifer Lopez.

    • Bono wrote the song, 'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own', in memory of his father who passed away. He sang this song at his funeral. In the video, Bono states he wished that he knew his father better.

    • He was listed as #17 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

    • Bono wrote the U2 song Sweetest Thing as a late birthday present to make up for forgetting his wife Alison's birthday while working on the album, The Joshua Tree. She later forgave him and later appeared in the music video.

    • Bono is allergic to red wine but says he still drinks it.

    • Bono edited the Independent newspaper in the UK, for one day. He mainly focused on AIDs and Africa.

    • Bono has a "conversation/dialogue" book with journalist Michka Assayas called Bono On Bono. It talks about Bono's life and accomplishments.

    • Bono gave the prayer and spoke at the 54th Annual National Prayer Breakfast.

    • Bono also participated in Band-Aid 20. He also had the same solo line as before.

    • Bono participated in Band-Aid which produced the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?". His line was "Tonight thank God it's them instead of you".

    • Bono went to Africa in May of 2006 to campaign against AIDS and poverty.

    • Bono's wife, Alison, was his high school sweetheart.

    • He's a good friend of George W. Bush.

    • Bono plays the harmonica, guitar and is currently learning to play the piano.

    • He says he is a fan of the Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett.

    • Bono says as a teenager, he got into street fights a lot. He also says he didn't start them, but he didn't turn away from them.

    • He has a brother, named Norman, who is seven years older.

    • He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. He has also been nominated since then, 2005 and 2006 specifically. Along with Bob Geldof, they deserve it jointly for all their work.

    • He has an unofficial website. Here you can talk and see Bono all you want.

    • Bono received the German Media Prize for his work in third world countries.

    • Bono's name is an alteration of Bona Vox which in Latin means "good voice". Also, literally it means "The voice to the good man". However though, Bono is Italian Slang for sexy. Bono says he chose the name for a hearing aid shop he used to pass by on North Earl Street in Dublin, Ireland.

    • Bono says his real life dream is to start a magazine.

    • Bono's favorite foods are caviar and fish n' chips, his favorite drinks are tea, Jack Daniels, and wine, and his favorite color is amber.

    • He has a reddish-purplish Jaguar and a yellow Ford Cortina.

    • For his 44th birthday, Bono traveled to New York and saw the movie Troy.

    • In 2000, Pepsi bought a Mercedes that was owned by Bono for a charity auction.

    • Bono has 4 children: Jordan, Memphis Eve, Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q, and John Abraham.

    • He is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish and also knows some Gaelic.

    • It is very rare to see Bono without his sunglasses. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said that he hardly takes them off for reasons of privacy, vanity, and sensitivity.

    • Bono helps his wife, Alison Hewson, design clothing called EDUN ( nude backwards ).

    • His height is 5' 8" but people have said he is somewhere around an inch shorter.

  • Quotes

    • Bono: I think ABBA have a pure joy to their music and that's what makes them extraordinary.

    • Bono: It would be wrong for me to say, 'Yes, we can change the world with a song.' But every time I try writing, that's where I'm at. I'm not stupid. I'm aware of the futility of rock & roll music, but I'm also aware of its power.

    • Bono: Great music is written by people who are either running toward or away from God.

    • Bono: The stage is but a platform shoe.

    • Bono (about U2's guitarist The Edge): He's an owl!

    • Bono: I'm the Fidel Castro of speechifying. We've got a few hours, don't we?

    • Bono: When I write, it's there. There's no staring at a blank page.

    • Bono: Look, I'm sick of Bono and I AM Bono.

    • Bono: I hate the idea of being in the UK Hall of Fame to be honest with you. We don't want to be in any Hall of Fame until we're retired or dead.

    • Bono: You know, I do what I do for charity because I am drawn to these people. I hear their plights, and feel their pain, and offer my support. I can always do more, and I plan to, my work has only just begun.

    • Bono: Imagine if a third of the kids at your local primary school were AIDS orphans. That's a reality in Africa where the parents of 13 million children have been killed by AIDS.

    • Tony Blair: (The British Prime Minister on Bono being awarded an honorary British knighthood) I'll leave it to others far more knowledgeable than me to talk about U2's music. All I'll say is that, along with millions of others right across the world, I am a huge fan.

    • Bono (on why he'd never run for President): I wouldn't want to move to a smaller house!

    • Bono: Here's to the future! The only limits are the limits of our imagination. Dream up the kind of world you want to live in, dream out loud, at high volume.

    • Bono: Pop music tells you that everything is OK and rock music tells you that it's not, but that you can change it.

    • Bono: It's written in rock and roll that all you need is love, but you also need a great nose.

    • Bono on the set of Vertigo music video: I love the smell of sand up my nose in the morning.

    • Bono: I hope that my work - the activism - will be forgotten. Because I hope those problems will have gone away.

    • Bono: It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.

    • Bono: Music and activists working together can overcome the forces of economics and corporations.

    • Bono: Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.

    • Bono: As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.

    • Bono: This is our moment, this is our time, this is our chance to stand up for what is right. Three thousand Africans, mostly children, die every day of mosquito bites. We can fix that. Nine thousand people dying every die of a preventable, treatable disease like Aids. We have got the drugs. We can help them.

    • Bono (at the National Prayer Breakfast, 2/2/06): Please join me in praying that I don't say something we all regret. If you're wondering what I'm doing at the prayer breakfast, so am I. I'm certainly not here as a man of the cloth. Unless that cloth is leather.... [There's] only one possible explanation... I've got a messianic complex.

    • Bono on his lyrics: Looking back, I see a lot of unfinished songs. It annoys me sometimes that I look back and see a sort of inane couplet. I have to live with it.

    • Bono: U2 is an original species... there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone.

    • Bono: I don't know why, but we always had this belief that there was something sacred about our music, that it was almost holy, as absurd as that sounds.

    • Bono: People probably felt that having children would chill me out, but rather the opposite. It's made me a lot more interested in the world, the way it is shaped and formed, the world that they're about to enter into.

    • Bono: We think the only fitting memorial for those who lost their lives on September 11 is to build not just a safer, less dangerous world but a fairer world where all people have a chance to live life.

    • Bono: I don't think historically the way this campaign has been waged against terror will be seen as anything other than a success in terms of the least loss of human life and a certain measuredness, which most of the world weren't expecting from the United States.

    • Bono on a song nomination for an Oscar with U2: For a couple boys from the north side of Dublin, it doesn't get much bigger. I mean, you feel like you're breaking into somebody else's house and robbing their furniture.

    • Bono: With U2, it's songwriting by accident. That is really how we work. We find a mood. We find a moment. And then I've got to put it into words.

    • Bono: History will judge us on how we respond to the AIDS emergency in Africa... whether we stood around with watering cans and watched while a whole continent burst into flames...or not.

    • President George W. Bush: He has a willingness to lead, to achieve what his heart tells him, and a belief that nobody should be living in poverty and hopelessness in the world.

    • Bono: I can't write a straight love song... it makes me throw up.

    • Bono: In Ireland everyone treats us for what we are. Human beings, musicians and Irish. I speak for the others when I say we are proud to be Irish.

  • Bono is best known for singing in his band U2.

    Bono was born Paul David Hewson on May 10, 1960 in Dublin, Ireland. At age 14, his mother died due to brain haemorrhage. On August 21, 1982, Bono married Ali Stewart, they have 4 children: Jordan (born May 10, 1989), Memphis Eve (born 7 July 1991), Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q (born 18 August 1999) and John Abraham(born 21 May 2001). His trademark is his goggle-like sunglasses. Bono and his first daughter and child, Jordan had the same birthday, she was born on Bono's 29th birthday. Bono's parents were Iris and Robert Hewson. On August 21, 2001, his father died due to cancer, Robert died on Bono and Ali's 19 anniversary. I love to hear Bono sing, and I hope to continue to hear him.moreless
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    OH MY GOD!!I LOVE U2!!I really,really want to see U2 perform live,but tickets are almost impossible to get!!Bono Rocks!U2 are the best ever!