36 Facts About Bob Geldof

1. Bob Geldof must be proud when Queen Elizabeth II awarded him with an honorary knighthood.

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2. Bob Geldof speaks lot of the father's right movement because he is a single father.

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3. In 1985 Bob Geldof visited Africa and soon began organizing a huge simultaneous benefit concert linking London and Philadelphia.

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4. Bob Geldof formed the Nightlife Thugs in 1975 after a stint as music reporter and editor with the Georgia Straight in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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5. Bob Geldof launched a solo career in the late 1980s that fared little better than that of the Boomtown Rats.

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6. Bob Geldof went out of his way to avoid any appearance that he was using the publicity generated by Band Aid to boost his own career.

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7. Bob Geldof persuaded Phonogram Records, the distributors, the retailers, and everyone else involved in the production to forego any profit on the record.

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8. In 2004 Bob Geldof was appointed a member of the newly launched Commission for Africa initiative, its task to produce new ideas for reducing poverty in the continent.

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9. Bob Geldof studied at Black Rock College in Ireland and worked in Canada as a pop journalist before returning home in 1975 to form the successful punk-rock group the Boomtown Rats.

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10. Bob Geldof currently resides in Battersea, south London with his second wife, French actress Jeanne Marine.

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11. Bob Geldof announced his engagement to Jeanne Marine, his partner of 18 years, on 1 May 2014, and they were married in France on 28 April 2015.

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12. In 2014, Bob Geldof hoped to become the first Irish person in space as he is set to be one of the first ever astronauts on the Space XC commercial service, a $100,000 per person flight.

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13. In 2007, Bob Geldof formally adopted her and changed her surname to Geldof, despite opposition from Hutchence's mother and his half-sister Tina.

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14. Bob Geldof has since become an outspoken advocate of fathers' rights.

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15. Bob Geldof met Yates when she became an obsessed fan of The Boomtown Rats during the band's early days.

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16. On 13 November 2017, Bob Geldof returned the award as a protest over Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi holding the accolade, stating that he does not "wish to be associated in any way with an individual currently engaged in the mass ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people of north-west Burma.

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17. Bob Geldof had for some years been resident in the borough, at Davington Priory, Faversham, and was still living there as of 2013.

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18. In 1986 Bob Geldof was made a Freeman of the Borough of Swale, in north Kent, England.

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19. Bob Geldof is entitled to use the post-nominal letters "KBE" but not to be styled "Sir", as he is not a citizen of a Commonwealth realm; nevertheless the nickname "Sir Bob" has stuck and media reports continue to refer to him as "Sir Bob Geldof".

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20. Bob Geldof has received many awards for his fund-raising work including being invested by Elizabeth II as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1986.

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21. Bob Geldof predicted famine, plague, and wars if the population does not stabilise.

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22. Bob Geldof was a vocal supporter of the unsuccessful campaign for the UK to vote "Remain" in the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

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23. In December 2005, Bob Geldof agreed to give advice on global poverty to the Conservative Party.

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24. Bob Geldof adopted a Eurosceptic stance by appearing in an advertisement opposing the single currency, in 2002.

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25. Bob Geldof is chairman of 8 Miles, a private equity firm active in Africa.

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26. Bob Geldof organised ten concerts on 2 July 2005 in large cities throughout the industrialised world.

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27. Bob Geldof worked closely with DATA, an organisation founded by U2's Bono in 2002 to promote debt-relief, third world trade and AIDS relief in Africa.

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28. Bob Geldof is a member of the Africa Progress Panel, a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.

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29. In November 2014, Bob Geldof announced that he would be forming a further incarnation of Band Aid, to be known as Band Aid 30, to record an updated version of the charity single, with the proceeds going to treat victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

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30. In 1984, Bob Geldof responded to a BBC news report from Michael Buerk about the famine in Ethiopia by mobilising the pop world to do something about the images he had seen.

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31. In July 2006, Bob Geldof arrived at Milan's Arena Civica, a venue capable of holding 12,000 people, to play a scheduled concert to find that the organisers had not put the tickets on general sale and that only 45 people had shown up.

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32. Bob Geldof occasionally performed with other artists, such as David Gilmour and Thin Lizzy.

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33. Bob Geldof had written it in the aftermath of Brenda Ann Spencer's attempted massacre at an elementary school in San Diego, California in 1979.

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34. Bob Geldof was born and brought up in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, a son of Robert and Evelyn Geldof.

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35. Bob Geldof currently serves as an adviser to the ONE Campaign, founded by fellow Irishman Bono, and is a member of the Africa Progress Panel, a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.

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36. Bob Geldof is widely recognised for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa.

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