Bono, the well-known lead singer for the long-lived rock band U2, has been on Apple’s radar for a while now, and they’ve been on his. The New York Times has published what looks like a letter from Bono to the editor in which he praises Apple CEO (who is now in iRetirement) for his generosity and contributions to RED, Bono’s non-profit organization dedicated to fighting AIDs in Africa. He explains that Apple is the largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with contributions numbering in the tens of millions.[quote]I’m proud to know him; he’s a poetic fellow, an artist and a businessman. Just because he’s been extremely busy, that doesn’t mean that he and his wife, Laurene, have not been thinking about these things. You don’t have to be a friend of his to know what a private person he is or that he doesn’t do things by halves.[/quote]
Bono goes on to say, “Steve Jobs said when we first approached him about (RED), ‘There is nothing better than the chance to save lives.'”
Bono is best known for fronting U2, but his name has been associated with charitable works for decades. Jobs’ and Apple’s philanthropic efforts are less-known, especially when compared to the high-profile charity work of Bill and Melinda Gates. U2 also has a history with Apple where a special edition U2-themed iPod was released in 2006 and it, unlike the pure white iPods of that generation, was black with a red wheel.