John Francis Bongiovi Jr. (born March 2, 1962), known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, a record producer, a philanthropist, and an actor. Bon Jovi is best known as the founder and frontman of the rock band Bon Jovi, that was formed in 1983.
Bon Jovi has released 2 solo albums and 12 studio albums with his band, which to date have sold over 130 million albums worldwide, thus making them one of the World’s Best-Selling Music Artists. In the 1990s, Bon Jovi started an acting career, starring in various movie roles, including: Moonlight and Valentino and U-571 and has made several TV appearances in various series, including: Sex and the City and Ally McBeal.
As a songwriter, Bon Jovi was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2012, Bon Jovi ranked #50 on the list of Billboard Magazine’s "Power 100", a ranking of "The Most Powerful and Influential People In The Music Business". In 1996, People Magazine named him one of the "50 Most Beautiful People In The World". In 2000, People awarded him the title, "Sexiest Rock Star", and he was placed at #13 on VH1’s "100 Sexiest Artists".
Bon Jovi was ranked #31 on the "Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists" list by Hit Parader.
Bon Jovi was a founder and is a majority owner of the Arena Football League team, the Philadelphia Soul. He is the founder of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, founded in 2006, to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. He campaigned for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election, John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election, and Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election. In 2010, President Barack Obama named Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, in 2001.