Bono has made some incredible music. The Joshua Tree alone is an iconic album. But, outside of the music, he can be a bit...preachy. The latest example is especially jaw dropping.
Killiney is just south of Dublin, and it is easily the wealthiest part of Ireland. Christina Aguilera has a mansion there. So does Enya. And Bono. A massive castle of a home. You can see the large copper gates from the road. It's one of his homes, obviously. He's got them all over the world. Which is great. He's earned them.
Through hard work and extraordinary talent, he has made a name for himself. He lives among the rock-n-roll gods. And all his homes and jewelry and cars and $10,000 cowboy hats are all just a reward.
So it's a little weird to hear his recent remarks about the evils of capitalism.
Bono at Davos 2019: 'Capitalism is a wild beast'youtu.be
A few years ago he went to Italy, and realized he'd forgotten his hat at home. He loves that hat. So he had it loaded onto one of his private jets and flown to him. A full crew flew a hat from Dublin to Italy. If that's not capitalism gone mad, I don't know what is.
So maybe, Bono doesn't have a problem with capitalism. Maybe Bono has a problem with Bono.
Because he definitely does not have a problem with capitalism.
He's literally a venture capitalist. He's invested in the Forbes Media group, as in the company that owns Forbes Magazine, which is pretty much the magazine version of capitalism.
And, the thing is, no matter what he says, it's clear that Bono is a fan of capitalism.
Over the years, he's been caught up in all sorts of shady tax evasion cases, so I can imagine he hates the whole "taxes" part of money, but that should be all the more reason he's a fan of capitalism. And, the thing is, no matter what he says, it's clear that Bono is a fan of capitalism.
Or else he'd give up his mansions and castles and private jets and his cowboy hats that cost more than many people make in a lifetime. Because he is the epitome of capitalism. Why do people have such a hard time with that?
This isn't Faust. He hasn't sold his soul for a Stetson.