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Photos: Bono's buddy Bill Gates

When U2's lead singer and Microsoft's chairman get together, the talk turns to charitable work.
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Bono's buddy Bill Gates

Their day jobs are vastly different, but Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and U2 lead singer Bono (left, seen here in a photo from February 2002) have a shared interest in charitable work in the developing world. Their good deeds led Time magazine to name the two, along with Gates' wife, Melinda, as its Persons of the Year for 2005.

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Bono's buddy Bill Gates

At the World Economic Forum in January 2005, Gates and Bono shared the stage with political leaders prior to a session called "The G-8 and Africa: Rhetoric or action?" (From left: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Gates, South African President Thabo Mbeki, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bono and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.)

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Gates receives knighthood

In March 2005, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II recognized Gates for his charitable works in Commonwealth countries and conferred on him an honorary knighthood. Gates' wife, Melinda, is at right.

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Gates receives knighthood

Gates displays the medal representing his knighthood as he departs Buckingham Palace with his wife. Because he is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, he cannot use the title "sir."

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