Bono & Bob Geldof

Seeing Bono and Bob together backstage at the Edinburgh Live 8 concert in July 2005 shed light on a 20-year friendship powered by a common purpose and made all the richer for their contrasting personalities. They share a passion that has led them to devote their considerable talents to ending the crushing burdens of poverty in Africa, but their sense of urgency flows from very different sources.

There are obvious similarities: they are Irish rock stars with a surprising breadth of knowledge and intellectual curiosity. Invariably, a planned five-minute call to either about a malaria project...

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