Bono is one of three recipients of the inaugural TED Prize from the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference.
The other recipients are Canadian photo-artist Edward Burtynsky and medical technologies pioneer Robert Fischell. Each will receive $100,000 (€79,000) and the chance to have three wishes fulfilled by a group of world-class companies and many members of the TED Community.
The three wishes of each honouree will be revealed at the next TED conference, to be held next February in Monterey, California.
“We are exhilarated to have such extraordinary individuals as our inaugural winners of the TED Prize,” said Chris Anderson, TED curator and founder of the Sapling Foundation. “We believe they will inspire the TED Community – and perhaps many others – to play a role in nudging our world toward a better future.”
Each year, TED brings together “leading opinion formers” to share ideas.
Earlier this week, Bono was honoured with the international Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, for promoting greater Western involvement in improving medical care and reducing poverty in Africa.