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Bob Geldof is a successful musician, and a successful businessmen. Here’s what you should know about the musician and philanthropist.

  • Bob Geldof was born in Dun Laoghaire, a town close to Dublin on October 5, 1954.

  • In 1975, Bob Geldof became the lead singer of the Boomtown rats a punk rock band.
  • Co-founded Band Aid in 1984 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.
    Bob Geldof

    “Mankind at its most desperate is often at its best” – Bob Geldof

  • In 1984, he and Midge Ure wrote the iconic song to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia (“Do they Know its Christmas Time”).
  • Organised Live Aid in 1985, also to raise funds for famine relief.
  • The Irish native was nominated for the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Live Aid.
  • Organised Band Aid II in 1989.
  • He helped British Prime Minister Tony Blair organize the Commission for Africa.
  • In 2005, he organized a Live 8 concert, coinciding with the Make Poverty History campaign.
  • Geldof has been honored at the 2005 Brit Awards with a lifetime achievement award.
  • Geldof’s achievements were recognized with an honorary Knighthood.
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