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Dinner for ONE -- Bono and Ali entertain boss of World Bank

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 17/01/2011 | 05:00

BONO has been pretty lucky in his investments lately -- so it's no surprise the U2 frontman spent Saturday night having dinner with a banker.

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But it wasn't his own personal finances the 51-year old was discussing when he dined with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the managing director of the World Bank.

The former Nigerian finance minister, in her trademark colourful robes, met Bono and his wife Ali to discuss his ONE campaign which is attempting to fight poverty in Africa.

Stopping off in Ireland on Saturday after a visit to Sri Lanka, the World Bank head was accompanied by five staff at the dinner with Bono and wife Ali Hewson in the Cliff Town House on St Stephen's Green.

Meanwhile, U2 bass-player Adam Clayton has become a dad. The publicity-shy 50-year-old has kept the news under wraps until now, even though the birth took place last year.

A spokeswoman for the band confirmed yesterday that the bassist was the father of a baby boy.

No other details were revealed but there is informed speculation that the child's mother is French.

In July 2009, the musician was photographed with a dark-haired woman leaving an after-show party in Residence private members' club during U2's three stadium shows at Croke Park.

The same woman was again spotted with Clayton in February of last year when they were seen together dining in Dublin's Town Bar & Grill.

Clayton is currently in the US ahead of the next dates of U2's world tour which restarts in Johannesburg, South Africa next month.

He was previously engaged to supermodel Naomi Campbell in 1994 who later described him as "a wonderful friend" in a magazine interview.

Clayton, who once enjoyed a reputation as the hellraiser and party man of U2, gave up alcohol in 1996.

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