Geldof, Robert Frederick Zenon KBE (/ldf/; born October 5, 1951) is an Irish singer-songwriter, actor, and political activist. He became well-known in the late ’70s as the frontman for the Irish punk band the Boomtown Rats.
His tunes “Rat Trap” and “I Don’t Like Mondays” were both UK number one for the band. In the 1982 film Pink Floyd: The Wall, Geldof played the role of Pink. As a fundraiser, Geldof orchestrated the charity supergroup Band Aid, the concerts Live Aid and Live 8, and co-wrote the all-time best-selling single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Age and Early Life
Bob Geldof is 71 years old. Famous Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof. Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof entered this world on October 5, 1951, in the Irish town of Dn Laoghaire. Bob Geldof and Evelyn Geldof are his parents. His mother, who had a brain hemorrhage at age 41, passed away when he was only six years old.
The students at Blackrock College bullied Geldof while he was a student there. Having previously worked as a butcher, he was employed by The Georgia Straight to cover the music scene in Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia. For the CBC, he was the face of the kids’ show Switchback.
When punk rock band the Boomtown Rats formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1975, Bob Geldof was the natural choice for lead vocals. In 1978, with “Rat Trap,” they achieved success with a top-charting song in the United Kingdom. With their second UK No. 1 song, the controversial “I Don’t Like Mondays,” they became known all over the world.
Money for Nothing was composed by Geldof after 1979 attempted shooting at a San Diego primary school committed by Brenda Ann Spencer. Album “Mondo Bongo” was released in 1980. The music video for its single “Up All Night” was widely shown on MTV and became a huge hit in the United States.
It didn’t take long for Geldof to gain notoriety as a fascinating interviewee. During interviews, he criticized Irish politics, the Catholic Church, and Blackrock College. Inciting a riot with his interviews, The Boomtown Rats were banned from ever returning to Ireland.
After Geldof’s departure from The Boomtown Rats, he embarked on a solo career and released the UK bestseller “Is That It?”, his autobiography. His first solo albums did well commercially, yielding the hit singles “This Is the World Calling” and “The Great Song of Indifference.”
Geldof announced the Live 8 project in March 2005 to bring attention to the problems of poverty and disease in Africa. On July 2, 2005, Geldof held 10 performances in major cities across the industrialized globe to raise money for relief efforts. They played a wide variety of musical styles in various settings. Live 8 concerts drew massive crowds everywhere from London to Paris to Berlin to Rome to Philadelphia to Barrie to Chiba to Johannesburg to Moscow to Cornwall to Edinburgh.
It was rock writer Paula Yates who was Bob Geldof’s long-term girlfriend and first wife. She was such a devoted admirer of the band in its formative years that it was via her that they first crossed paths. The couple’s first child, a daughter named Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, was born in March of 1983 before they were even married. They tied the knot in June of ’86 and went on to have two more daughters, Peaches Geldof (born in 1989) and Pixie Geldof (born in September of ’90).
Paula broke up with Bob in February of 1995 and began seeing INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. In 1985, she interviewed him for her show, The Tube, and that’s how they first met. When Geldof and Yates split up in May 1996, Hutchence committed suicide in November 1997. After Hutchence’s death, Geldof and Yates each made police statements about their morning phone conversations with Hutchence. Neither of them offered to turn over their phone records.
After fighting for and winning sole custody of his three children in court, Geldof has been a vocal proponent of fathers’ rights. After Yates’s untimely death from a heroin overdose in 2000, Tiger Hutchence, the son he had with Hutchence, was placed under Geldof’s legal custody. After that, in 2007, he officially adopted her. Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof is her legal name, which was revealed in 2019.
Peaches Geldof, Bob’s daughter, was 25 when she overdosed on heroin in 2014. That year he tied the knot with his partner of 18 years, French actress Jeanne Marine. The pair makes their home in London’s trendy Battersea neighborhood.
Bob spent a lot of time advocating for debt relief for developing countries, often working with Bono of U2. Following a 1984 BBC documentary on the famine in Ethiopia, Bob rallied the pop world to action. They collaborated on the Ultravox song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with the band’s Midge Ure. To get money for something.
Band-Aid is the collective moniker under which a number of different musicians have released their version of the song. The track topped the UK singles chart in its first week of release and went on to sell over three million copies, making it the best-selling single in UK history up to that moment and remaining so for nearly 13 years.
How Rich Is Bob Geldof?
Bob Geldof has a net worth of around $150 million, or £110 million.