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 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.