Bono has been placed eighth in a list of the world's greatest leaders compiled by Fortune magazine, putting him ahead of The Dalai Lama and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

The 53-year-old from Glasnevin in Dublin, shares the top ten with such luminaries as The Pope, Bill Clinton and Angela Merkel.

In their short profile, the business magazine says: "Real leadership is when everyone else feels in charge," Bono tells Fortune. And he has lived by this maxim. He helped persuade global leaders to write off debt owed by the poorest countries and encouraged the Bush administration and others to vastly increase AIDS relief.

"Now, through his ONE and (RED) campaigns, he is enlisting major companies and millions of people to combat AIDS, poverty, and preventable diseases."

The full top ten in Fortune's list is

1 Pope Francis

2 Angela Merkel - Chancellor, Germany

3 Alan Mulally - CEO, Ford Motor Co.

4 Warren Buffett - CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

5 Bill Clinton - Founder, the Clinton Foundation

6 Aung San Suu Kyi - Chairk, National League for Democracy

7 Gen. Joe Dunford - Commander, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan

8 Bono - singer

9 The Dalai Lama

10 Jeff Bezos - CEO Amazon