Paul David Hewson, KBE OL, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of rock band U2. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, as well as schoolmates with whom he formed U2 in 1976. Bono soon established himself as a passionate frontman for the band through his expressive vocal style and grandiose gestures and songwriting. His lyrics are known for their social and political themes, and for their religious imagery inspired by his Christian beliefs. During U2's early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to the group's rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with the other members. As a member of U2, Bono has received 22 Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Born Paul David Hewson, he is the frontman of U2, known for such hits as "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Beautiful Day." The band has earned over 20 Grammy Awards and has sold over 150 million records. He is also a well-known philanthropist who has championed causes in his native Ireland, in Africa, and all over the world.
He spent his childhood singing. Growing up on O'Connell Street in a suburb of Dublin, he earned his nickname "Bono" from the phrase "Bono Vox of O'Connell Street," which means "good voice of O'Connell Street."
He was named the Time Person of the Year in 2005, along with Bill and Melinda Gates.
He married Ali Hewson on August 21, 1982 and they raised four children, Eve, Jordan, Elijah and John. He wrote and dedicated the song "The Sweetest Thing" to his wife after missing her birthday.