U2 frontman Bono has defended the philanthropy of Steve Jobs after an article in The New York Times questioned why the former Apple CEO and now Apple Chairman did not seem to have philanthropic projects.
The news comes via Bono writing a letter to the editor of the publication saying that Jobs’ and his wife’s contribution to the AIDS program the rock star supports in Africa has been “invaluable”.
The letter is in response to a previous NYT article titled “The Mystery of Steve Jobs’ Public Giving” written by Andrew Ross Sorkin.
The author wondered in the column why there are no public records of Jobs ever giving back.
Bono said he is proud to be an acquaintance of Jobs and praised the tech icon as a “poetic fellow, an artist and a businessman.”
According to him, Jobs said: “There is nothing better than the chance to save lives,” when Bono himself met with the CEO to pitch product(RED), a charity focused on AIDS that the singer founded.
Furthermore, Bono said in his letter: “Just because he’s been extremely busy, that doesn’t mean that he and his wife, Laurene, have not been thinking about these things,” referring to the Apple co-founder and his wife.