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Bob Geldof Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof
Place Of Birth
Dublin, Ireland
72 years old
Birth Date
October 5 1951

Bob Geldof Facts

Child Star?
Singer,Song Writer,Political Activist,Philanthropist,Actor
Education & Qualifications
Blackrock College
Net Worth
Current Partner
Jeanne Marine
Peaches Geldof,Pixie Geldof,Fifi Trixibelle Geldof
Robert Geldof, Evelyn Geldof
Cleo Geldof

About Bob Geldof 

Bob Geldof is an Irish singer, music journalist, political activist, philanthropist, and actor.
He achieved popularity during the punk movement. Bob Geldof became prominent in the '70s as the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, an Irish rock band.
Bob Geldof was born in Dublin, Ireland. Bob Geldof is recognized widely for his anti-poverty efforts in Africa. In 1984, he co-founded the rock music group Band-Aid to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.
He is currently an adviser to the 'One Campaign,' co-founded by fellow activist and Irish rock singer, Bono. He is also a member of a group of ten distinguished persons, known as the Africa Progress Panel (APP), who advocate for sustainable and equitable developments in Africa. Moreover, as a single father, Geldof is a spokesman for the movement for father's rights.

Bob Geldof Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bob Geldof's net worth?

Bob Geldof's net worth is $150 million.

How much does Bob Geldof earn per year?

Bob Geldof earns $400,000 annually.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bob Geldof?

Bob Geldof is 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) tall.

How old is Bob Geldof?

Bob Geldof was born on October 5, 1951. He is now 70 years old.

Childhood And Education

Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof was born to Robert and Evelyn Geldof. He was born in Dun Laoghaire in Dublin County, Ireland. His paternal grandfather, Zenon Geldof, was an immigrant from Belgium and his paternal grandmother was a British Jew of German-Jewish descent, from London. Bob Geldof's mother, Evelyn Geldof, passed away when he was six years old due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
Bob Geldof got his college education at Blackrock College. He did not enjoy elementary school due to bullying for lack of rugby prowess and his middle name, which was Zenon. After leaving school, Geldof worked as a road navvy, slaughterman, and pea canner in England. He then went to Canada and worked as a music journalist in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Bob Geldof's partner?

Bob Geldof's wife is Jeanne Marine, a French Actress, and they live in Chelsea. She is not the biological mother of his children.
Bob Geldof was married to Paula Yates, though they later separated. Paula Yates eventually left Bob for Michael Hutchence, an Aussie rocker. Bob Geldof and Paula Yates have three children together: Peaches Geldof, Pixie Geldof, and Fifi Trixibelle Geldof. Bob Geldof adopted Tiger Lily, the daughter of his former wife and her partner.

Career And Professional Highlights

Bob Geldof became the lead singer of a punk rock group called the Boomtown Rats, in 1975. By 1978, the rock band achieved their first UK hit, 'Rat Trap,' and later had a second successful hit, 'I Don't Like Mondays.' The participation in a concert in 1981 for Amnesty International was a turning point in Bob Geldof's life and career, which sowed seeds for future ideas. He also starred as Pink in the 1982 film, 'Pink Floyd: The Wall'.
Geldof left Boom Town Rats to publish his Autobiography 'Is That It?' and launched a solo career. His first solo records were U.K. best sellers and sold reasonably well. He had also worked for XFM radio as a DJ. Since 2000, Bob Geldof has devoted his time to debt relief for developing countries. His involvement and commitment in relief work, which includes the management and organization of 'Live 8' concerts, prevented him from producing more musical outputs since his album 'Sex, Age And Death' in 2001. Bob Geldof returned to his music career emotionally and physically drained by the fundraising campaigns for decades.
In the next phase of Bob Geldof's amazing life, he started Planet 24, a TV production company. He developed the '90s broadcasting phenomenon, 'The Big Breakfast'. Bob Geldof also hosted 'Switchback,' a children's program for the broadcasting Corporation of Canada. Later, after his failed marriage, he sold his shares in Planet 24 and ventured into countless other businesses ranging from websites to mobile phone startups and radio companies. Now Bob Geldof is a millionaire business tycoon working relentlessly, for the poor.

Best Known For…

The best highlights in Bob Geldof's career include 'Rat Trap', 'I Don't Like Mondays' ,'Love Or Something', 'Room 19', and the song 'Crazy'.
One of his many famous albums is 'The Happy Club'.

Charity Work

Bob Geldof's first involvement in charity began in September 1981. In 1984, Geldof became an international celebrity for raising awareness of charity for humanitarian benefits. The same year, some African countries, especially Ethiopia, experienced extreme famine, leading to starvation and the death of many thousands of people. Bob Geldof, saddened by the images he had seen, responded to the famine by mobilizing the pop Musicians and pleading with the pop world to do something about it. The result was 'Band-Aid,' and the poignant song by the all-star band 'Do They Know It's Christmas.'
Six months later, in 1985, Live-Aid was launched, and over 75 acts were played for free in Philadelphia and London. He also appeared on live TV and urged 1,500,000,000 viewers to raise money for the cause, and he was able to accumulate more than $127 million for the dying and the starving in Ethiopia.
New adaptations of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' were produced in 1989 and 2004. Bob Geldof also announced his further incarnation of 'Band-Aid', known as 'Band-Aid 30'. He decided to record a new updated version of the charity single and treat Ebola virus victims in West Africa with the funds raised.
Bob Geldof, now a rich businessman, along with his friend Bono collaborated to publicize the campaign 'Drop The Debt' to relieve economically challenged countries from their debts. He organized 'Live 8', a concert to follow up 'Live-Aid' to seek the cooperation of G8 world leaders to write off the third world debts. Following the concert, he became one of the leading spokespersons for debt relief to third-world countries.

What Awards has Bob Geldof Won?

In 1985, Bob Geldof was honored with 'Peabody Award', a personal award for unprecedented humanitarian effort, and Brit special award.
Bob Geldof was awarded an honorary knighthood (KBE) for his humanitarian work, by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986.
The Irish government nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, for his outstanding work on famine relief in Ethiopia.
Award for outstanding contribution as a world music legend in 1990.
'Free Your Mind' award by MTV and Brit Award in music for outstanding contribution in 2005.
In 2006, he was awarded 'International Echo Award' for his lifetime achievements and NME awards as 'The Hero Of The Year'.
He was also the winner of the Gold Badge in 2014 and the IFTA Award in 2016.
He is also the recipient of the title 'Man Of Peace', among numerous other nominations and awards.

Bob Geldof's Hobbies and Interests

Bob Geldof has come across many controversies in his personal and public life. In the late '90s, he entered the new media and found the online travel agency site and Wapworld, the mobile portal.
He felt a passion for improving the conditions of the children in Ethiopia and other African countries. He remains a powerful figure in motivating to pay more attention to the challenges and problems in the poorest parts of the world.

Other Interesting Bob Geldof Facts And Trivia

  • In 1985, Bob Geldof performed with the music legend David Bowie for 'Live Aid' at Kennedy stadium.
  • Lead singer Bob Geldof has donated the vast archive of the Band-Aid materials to the National Library of Ireland as thanks to Ireland.
  • During an interview, Bob blamed The Catholic Church and Irish Politicians for many of the country's problems.
  • There are no records of the number of people fed by Bob Geldof, but he has raised funds to feed the starving people of Ethiopia and other African countries.
  • Bob Geldof's charity work, 'Live 8', and his outspokenness and use of pejorative language were often criticized.

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