Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, has been named "European of the Year" for his campaign for debt relief in developing nations, in a poll conducted by the weekly, Brussels-based European Vo

Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, has been named "European of the Year" for his campaign for debt relief in developing nations, in a poll conducted by the weekly, Brussels-based European Voice. Danish film director Lars von Trier was named "Visionary of the Year."

Ten winners were selected by European Voice readers from a list of 50 nominees compiled by journalists and opinion leaders from across the 15 European Union nations. The announcement was made earlier this month.

Each winner received $4,458 to donate to a charity of his or her choice. Bono, 41, said his prize would go to the Irish charity Concern, according to U2's official Web site. "A more prosperous world is a more secure world, a more educated world is a more tolerant world and a healthier world is a more stable world," Bono said on the site.

As previously reported, U2's Elevation tour was the top-grossing trek of 2001, at $143 million from 113 shows on both sides of the Atlantic, according to Billboard sister publication Amusement Business.


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