Bob Geldof (born 5.10.1951)
Bob Geldof is an Irish musician and, latterly, a political activist. Geldof rose to fame as the singer of the Boomtown Rats and is known for organizing the international Live Aid and Live 8 events.
Childhood: Bob Geldof was born and raised in Dún Laoghaire in Ireland. His mother, Evelyn died suddenly at the age of 41. He has two older sisters, named Cleo and Lynn.
Raised as a Catholic, Bob Geldof attended Blackrock College. After school, he began work as a music journalist in Vancouver for Georgia Straight. In 1975, however, he returned to Ireland and became the singer in The Boomtown Rats.
The Boomtown Rats: The Boomtown Rats song 'Rat Trap' was the first New Wave song to go to number one in the UK. This was followed by the huge international hit 'I Don't Like Mondays', which Geldof wrote in reference to an attempted massacre at a school in San Diego, California.
Charity Work: In 1984, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (of Ultravox) wrote the song 'Do They Know It's Christmas' in order to raise funds to ease the famine in Ethiopia. A number of high profile artists were involved in the recording, under the name of Band Aid (these included Adam Clayton and Bono of U2, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Heaven 17, Bananarama, Paul Weller and Status Quo). The track entered the UK charts at number one and was the country's fastest seller of all time at that point, shifting over three million units. It eventually raised over £8 million for its designated cause.
The next year, Ure and Geldof undertook the organisation of Live Aid: a massive, two-part event, performed simultaneously in Philadelphia and London. The event was televised in full in the UK on BBC radio and television. The concert raised over £150 million. At the age of 34, Geldof was knighted, as a mark of respect for his efforts.
20 years later, when Geldof visited Africa again, he still found many social problems there and just as much poverty and famine as he saw in 1984. As a result, he decided to organize to Live 8 concerts in an attempt to put pressure on the G8 and force the international community to increase aid and cancel the debt in the developing world.
The Live 8 concerts took place in London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow, Cornwall, Berlin, Philadelphia, Edinburgh and Barrie in Canada. Among the many artists playing, were Elton John, Madonna, a reformed Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z.
Business: Bob Geldof founded Planet 24 in 1992. Planet 24 is a television production company that made programmes such as The Word and the Big Breakfast. Geldof also helped to found Ten Alps Communications, a company specializing in media, entertainment and marketing.
Solo Career: Following the Live 8 concerts, Geldof relaunched his solo career but with mixed results. At a concert in a 12,000 capacity arena in Milan, Geldof arrived to find that the tickets had not been released on general sale. Only 45 people were in attendance and Geldof refused to play.
Bob Geldof infamously played the central character, Pink, in Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Personal Life: In 1976, Bob Geldof began dating Paula Yates (a journalist and television presenter). They had three daughters together, Fifi Trixibelle Geldof (b.1983), Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof (b.1989) and Little Pixie Geldof (b.1990). Geldof and Yates married in 1986 in Las Vegas, with Simon Le Bon acting as best man.
Paula Yates left Geldof for the INXS singer Michael Hutchence in 1996 and Geldof obtained full custody of his children. Following the deaths of both Hutchence and Yates, Geldof also became the legal guardian of their child, Tiger Lily, arguing that she should be raised with her half-sisters.
Bob Geldof now lives in Kent with his partner Jeanne Marine, a French actress.
A number of celebs, including Beckham, Ant & Dec and Gary Lineker, were among more than 1,000 who participated in the Ingenious scheme to fund the British film industry, which a judge has declared was illegal in terms of tax relief.
They are among more than 1,000 people who invested in the Ingenious film financing scheme in order to gain tax relief. The scheme, which helped produce massive movies such as Avatar, qualified for tax breaks designed to boost the British film industry.
However, HMRC contended that the scheme relied on artificial losses from the movies concerned, and that meant that Ingenious was not a legitimate investment opportunity but a tax avoidance vehicle.
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For some stars, aid work is their main purpose in life.
Part of being a celebrity means using your voice, your recognition and your wealth to make a difference in the world. It's almost an unspoken rule. But for some stars the likes of Angelina Jolie and Bob Geldof, humanitarian work almost becomes another career.
Whether it's poverty, disease, women's rights or climate change, there's always a major star out there using their popularity to raise awareness and money for it. Here are just a few of the world's most devoted celebrity humanitarians:
Angelina Jolie has visited some of the bleakest countries in the world
Thomas Cohen was married to Peaches from 2012 until her death in April 2014.
Thomas Cohen, the widower of Peaches Geldof has paid tribute to his late wife while performing his first solo gig in London. The 25-year-old reportedly referenced Geldof’s passing in two of the songs he performed during the set, which was watch by Peaches’ sister Pixie and Cohen’s rumoured new girlfriend Daisy Lowe.
Thomas Cohen, pictured with Peaches Geldof in January 2014.
The Mirror reports that Cohen introduced one song saying it was about “living in Kent” where he and Peaches had their family home. He sang: “You couldn’t make it through. Time to say goodbye. Holding onto each other and sing to one another. Everyone knows the house feels so cold. Just to say goodbye.”
The philanthropist has spoken of his "shame" about the current crisis
Bob Geldof put his money where his mouth is when he offered refugee families shelter in a number of his houses and has called out to others to do the same. The organiser of the massive LiveAid charity concerts is one of the many famous names that have spoken out against Britain’s perceived reluctance to take in significant numbers of Syrian refugees who are currently seeking asylum across Europe.
Bob Geldof has called out to other celebrities to help with the current refugee crisis
Along with author Jk Rowling, footballer Stan Collymore and fashion guru Mary Portas, Geldof has pledged his support for those who need it most and has spoken of his "profound shame" at the growing crisis.
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Kent Police had been searching for the person who supplied Peaches Geldof with the heroin that killed her for over a year.
15 months after her death, police have dropped the investigation into uncovering the identity of the drug dealer that supplied the heroin which caused Peaches Geldof to overdose, meaning that the culprit may never be discovered.
The TV presenter, model and second daughter of Band Aid creator Sir Bob Geldof was found dead at the age of 25 at her home in Wrotham, Kent on April 7th 2014. Her cause of death was later confirmed to be an overdose of heroin, and police have endeavoured to find the dealer who supplied it since. However, it seems that they’ve drawn a blank after more than a year of investigation.
Detectives at Kent Police stated on Friday (July 3rd): “Our investigation into the supply of drugs to Peaches Geldof-Cohen has exhausted all lines of inquiry and has now concluded.”
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Sir Bob Geldof has brushed off Pooley's comments about the Band Aid 30 single.
Will Pooley, the British aid worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, has criticized Bob Geldof's Band Aid 30 charity single, calling it "culturally ignorant" and "cringeworthy."
Sir Bob Geldof says he doesn't really care about Will Pooley's criticism of the Band Aid 30 song
Speaking to the Radio Times, Pooley said of the single - released to raise money for the crisis - "It's Africa, not another planet.Stuff about Do They Know It's Christmas? It's just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There's a lyric about 'death in every tear,' it's just a bit much."
Continue reading: Ebola Survivor Will Pooley Calls Band Aid 30 "Culturally Ignorant"
Rita Ora is currently involved in multiple showbiz projects.
It's clear that Rita Ora has got a lot on her plate at the moment, with anticipation surrounding her next movie 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' at an all time high especially, but she still found time in her schedule to support her fellow pop icons at the 2014 American Music Awards.
Rita Ora is about to appear in 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
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Adele has been criticised by a British tabloid after Bob Geldof allegedly told their reporter she "ignored" his requests to participate in Band Aid 30.
Adele is not taking part in Band Aid 30.
Some of the biggest stars in music gathered in London today to record a new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.
The Band Aid 30 recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ took place in London today, with stars such as One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Bono, Adele and Chris Martin all lining up to take the mic for a new version of the charity Christmas classic. The single will be available for download from Monday, with proceeds going to help fight Ebola in West Africa.
Harry turned up bright and early ahead of his One Direction bandmates
Fans waited outside the recording studio in Notting Hill all morning to catch a glimpse of their favourite artists, with One Direction’s Harry Styles among the first to arrive.
Geldof’s daughter Peaches died suddenly on April 7th at the age of 25.
Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof has returned to the stage for the first time since the death of his daughter Peaches seven weeks ago.
Geldof has returned to the stage with the Boomtown Rats
Geldof and his band preformed at the Volksfest Festival in Plymouth, Devon on Sunday. Local paper, The Torquay Herald Express reports that the band played “a full 75 minute set”. Geldof made no reference to Peaches during the appearance and fans described his performance as “remarkable” considering the tragic circumstances.