Bono is one of those extremely rare individuals who has succeeded at an elite level in not just one, but two professions. The Dublin born front man for rock band U2 is just as accomplished an activist as he is a musician.
Born Paul David Hewson in 1960, Bono has received numerous plaudits, including honorary British knighthood and the Time Magazine “Person of the Year” award, for his efforts bringing awareness to important social issues.
As the co-founder of sister organizations ONE and (RED), Bono will be in town Thursday night to speak about the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa to the Economic Club of Chicago at the Hilton Towers.
The Dublin native will take part in a discussion conducted by Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson at the club’s Dinner Meeting. The event will be live-streamed on the with the speaking program slated to begin at 7:40 pm.
ONE, an advocacy organization with the same name as U2’s sixth most successful single according to Billboard, boasts of nine million members dedicated to the cause of ending extreme poverty. In his 15 years of working with ONE, Bono has lobbied governments all over the world to expand social programs.
(RED) is an organization committed to raising funds for the purpose of combating the global AIDS crisis. They claim to have raised more than $500 million for AIDS treatment and prevention in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Bono is also a noted venture capitalist, and he’s a cofounder of the Rise Fund, which focuses on investments that are in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
While he’s a very accomplished activist and ecological champion, Bono is of course known first and foremost as a musician. In his four decades fronting U2, the Irish rockers have won 22 Grammy Awards, the most among group classification, including two each for album (1987, 2005), song (2000, 2005) and record of the year (2000, 2001).
They have sold over 157 million albums worldwide.
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