Born in 1951, Sir Bob Geldof is one of Ireland’s most successful exports and is known throughout the world for his many talents and passions. Starting his career as a successful musician, actor and songwriter, he has gone on to both inspire a generation and make prolific social changes as a philanthropist and political activist. An inspiring and influential public speaker, he speaks on a range of topics and uses his vast personal experiences to both provoke and motivate his audience.
As a tireless campaigner for numerous causes throughout the world, Sir Bob Geldof is able to use his high profile to great effect. From African famines to business and global politics, Sir Bob has raised awareness of a wide range of issues.
Rising to fame thanks to his music career with The Boomtown Rats, Sir Bob soon turned his attention to charity, organising Band Aid and the fundraising event Live Aid. In light of his charity work, he received a knighthood in 1986. The last incarnation of Band Aid took place in 2014 under the name of Band Aid 30. The group, composed of some of the biggest-selling British and Pop bands including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Ellie Goulding, recorded a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” that went straight to number one in the UK Official Singles Chart.
Through his co-ownership of Planet 24, a television production company that launched The Big Breakfast in 1992, Sir Bob became firmly established as an astute businessman. He also founded Deckchair.com, an online travel agent, in the late 90s, and sold it in June 2003. Following the sale of Planet 24, in 1999 Sir Bob and Alex Connock went on to found Ten Alps Communications. This company produced documentaries for Channel 4, Sky and the BBC, among others.
Sir Bob continues his charity work today, having recently completed a series for the BBC entitled Geldof in Africa, during which he travelled through West, Central and East Africa. He has also written a number of articles for publications including Time magazine.
The Live 8 concerts, undertaken in 2005 and performed in the same spirit as Live Aid 20 years previously, were a huge global fundraising event and cemented Bob Geldof’s place as a tireless campaigner for global charities. As such, he has received a number of awards in recognition of his charity work, including a Man of Peace award in 2005 and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2006 and 2008. In 2017 he received the Irish Times Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless work as a positively disruptive activist, particularly against poverty in Africa and transparent politics, and also his work as an astute businessman where his companies have brought employment to many communities around the world.
Bob Geldof is internationally recognised as a leading authority on world politics, international and current affairs, music, humanitarian issues, philanthropy, poverty, human rights and Africa. He is an expert speaker and speaks on leadership, motivation, media, press relations and travel. In addition, he is a business entrepreneur and has extensive knowledge of Brexit and UK and Irish Politics.
Sir Bob Geldof is currently training to complete a space mission and his historic flight is set to mark the first time a celebrity musician, and Irish person has ever been into space.
"The lingua franca of the planet is not English, it's pop music" Bob
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