Is a progressive social activist and has worked with such disparate figures as former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, former president George W. Bush, former British prime minister Tony Blair and conservative icon Jesse Helms.
As of 2011, is the only person to have been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Helped organize the worldwide series of 2005 Live 8 concerts to benefit African debt relief.
As a member of U2, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
Selected as one of Time magazine's 2005 Persons of the Year (along with Bill and Melinda Gates).