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About Paul David Hewson

Paul David Hewson, aka Bono, is the lead singer of U2, rock band. He is also singer-songwriter and philanthropist. He was born in Dublin, Ireland.

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Tom Dunne: Even better than the real thing? Life as a Bono lookalike

Aug 4, 2022

     I spent a few hours recently with Pavel Sfera. Pavel is a Bono impersonator but this doesn’t do adequate justice. In a certain light, anything basically from dawn to dusk, stringent or soft, he is Bono. It is unnatural and spooky. As we talked I had to keep reminding myself, “It really, really, isn’t him!” He didn’t choose this path. He was living a normal life but the intrusions upon it by people convinced he was Bono became overwhelming. It was easier to go with the flow. With average appearance fees ranging from one to three thousand dollars, but with some far in excess, it was also more profitable. He was been Bono since 1992. Seeing the photos will not prepare you for the impact of meeting him in the flesh. He arrived early for our interview and walked, unannounced, into the open-plan office. There was a collective sharp intake of breath. Even I wondered if the real McCoy had not also arrived. Before I could get over to him he was descended upon. He surrendered to the adoring melee as previously cool researchers and producers got selfies and professed undying love. He posed casually and did not disabuse them. Who was I to break their hearts? The tells, that this is not Bono, are tiny. Pavel is more athletic but most notably has spectacularly white teeth. These are LA teeth. No Irish person has teeth like that. They look like George Michael’s teeth in the video for Club Tropicana, which only looked that mad due to a fluorescent light. Pavel’s look that way all the time. The previous day he had been in the Temple Bar for a photo shoot. I had heard that people had been coming up to him and crying. I asked him if this was a problem. He confessed it was and that sometimes people unburden on him before he can tell them that he is not the real deal. They tell him tales of illnesses and deaths, troubled times made lighter through the music of U2 and the voice of Bono. When this happens, and it happens often, he just goes with the flow. It is easier to let them believe what they want to believe. No one gets hurts and they feel better. He is a very sensitive soul and cried twice during the interview. It appears that even pretending to be Bono comes with onerous weight and responsibility. A burden more than a gift it seems. I thought of him this week as U2 were connected, with a series of gigs in Vegas. The phrase ‘non-consecutive’ was bandied about, but I know a residency when I see one. Residencies can be a dangerous game, as likely to end a career as start one. In Dublin, the entire indie music scene of the late 1980s owed its existence to a series of residencies at a tiny Dublin venue called The Underground. Something Happens, The Stars of Heaven , The Slowest Clock and A House all built followings based on three-week stints there. But across town at a place called The Baggot Inn it was a different story. Here, a generation of bands left adrift by the punk revolution played to their existing and non-increasing fanbase. These were end of career residencies, a chance to ‘coin it’, and stay exactly where you were, forever. These were financially very profitable affairs but they weren’t cool. It was impossible to make money in The Underground but those gigs were uber cool. Underground gigs looked good on your CV, Baggot Inn ones, not so much. You were only in it now, people said dismissively, “for the money”. So in which direction will U2’s Vegas gigs veer towards, The Underground or the Baggot? An artist’s impressions of the venue suggest something closer to Star Trek than a basement on Dame Street. And if there is food, it won’t be McGonagle’s level. But it will still be a residency, and one in Vegas at that, two words that bring to mind images of Showbands, post cool Elvis, crooners, Katy Perry and Shania Twain. The decidedly show business end of the music world. Not a world you’d necessarily see U2 as being a part of. But that said, who are we to judge? To misquote the words of my old friend, music and film critic George Byrne: “I wouldn’t cross the road to see a residency. I would however cross the Atlantic.” See you in Row A. Read More

Paul David Hewson Investments

12 Investments

Paul David Hewson has made 12 investments. Their latest investment was in Convoy as part of their Series E on April 4, 2022.

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Paul David Hewson Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

4/21/2022

Series E

Convoy

$160M

No

3

1/4/2022

Angel - II

Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company

$0.59M

Yes

2

11/11/2021

Series B

Nuritas

$45M

No

21

9/16/2021

Series C

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$99M

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10

4/26/2017

Series D

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$99M

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10

Date

4/21/2022

1/4/2022

11/11/2021

9/16/2021

4/26/2017

Round

Series E

Angel - II

Series B

Series C

Series D

Company

Convoy

Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company

Nuritas

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Amount

$160M

$0.59M

$45M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

3

2

21

10

10

Paul David Hewson Portfolio Exits

5 Portfolio Exits

Paul David Hewson has 5 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was EverFi on January 03, 2022.

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Exit

Companies

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1/3/2022

Acquired

$99M

5

3/23/2018

IPO

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$99M

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10

9/14/2017

Corporate Majority

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$99M

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10

3/8/2017

Acquired

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$99M

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10

9/11/2015

Acq - Talent

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$99M

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10

Date

1/3/2022

3/23/2018

9/14/2017

3/8/2017

9/11/2015

Exit

Acquired

IPO

Corporate Majority

Acquired

Acq - Talent

Companies

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$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

5

10

10

10

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Paul David Hewson Partners & Customers

1 Partners and customers

Paul David Hewson has 1 strategic partners and customers. Paul David Hewson recently partnered with Apple on October 10, 2015.

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Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

10/28/2015

Partner

United States

Apple Shows Off Its First-Ever Piece Of Virtual Reality Content With U2 Music Video. GoPro Publishes Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Drone After Reporting Disappointing Earnings.

The bus is clearly labeled as a partnership between U2 and Apple Music , and it appears that the inside of the bus is decked out with iPads and Macs advertising the music video and larger experience .

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Date

10/28/2015

Type

Partner

Business Partner

Country

United States

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Apple Shows Off Its First-Ever Piece Of Virtual Reality Content With U2 Music Video. GoPro Publishes Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Drone After Reporting Disappointing Earnings.

The bus is clearly labeled as a partnership between U2 and Apple Music , and it appears that the inside of the bus is decked out with iPads and Macs advertising the music video and larger experience .

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