Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, widely recognized by his stage name Bob Geldof, is a highly esteemed Irish singer-songwriter and prominent figure in the realm of political activism.
Renowned for his role as the frontman of the esteemed Irish rock band Boomtown Rats, Geldof rose to prominence during the late 1970s, propelled by the burgeoning punk rock movement.
With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Geldof has been actively engaged in his craft since 1975. In the subsequent sections, we shall delve into the intricate details of his personal life, including his relationships and marriages.
Who Is Bob Geldof?
Geldof was born on the 5th of October, 1951, to Robert and Evelyn Geldof in County Dublin, Ireland. Throughout his adolescence, Geldof pursued his education at Blackrock College, engaging in rugby activities. Regrettably, he faced the unfortunate experience of being subjected to bullying due to his perceived lack of skill in the sport.
Following his graduation from college, Geldof embarked on various occupations, including working as a slaughterman, road navvy, and pea canner in England. Subsequently, he secured a position as a music journalist for “The Georgia Straight” in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Bob Geldof Music Career
In 1975, Bob Geldof assumed the role of lead vocalist for the rock ensemble known as “The Boomtown Rats.” The group’s inaugural UK chart-topping single was released in 1978. The following year, their second UK No. 1, “I Don’t Like Mondays,” garnered widespread attention. This song, written by Geldof in response to Brenda Ann Spencer’s attempted shooting massacre at an elementary school in 1979, was both popular and controversial. The band’s first album, “Mondo Bongo,” was released in 1980. In September 1981, while the band was still at the height of its success, Geldof embarked on his initial significant philanthropic endeavour.
In 1986, Geldof made the decision to embark on a solo career, thus parting ways with his band “The Boomtown Rats”. During this period, he also released his autobiography titled “Is That It?”. By 1992, Geldof had already established himself as a successful entrepreneur, co-owning the television production company “Planet 24”. His initial solo albums achieved considerable commercial success.
Additionally, Geldof has also worked as a DJ for XFM radio. In 1999, Carlton TV acquired Planet 24 following its sale in 1998. Subsequently, Geldof and his business partner Alex Connock wasted no time in establishing their own television production company, Ten Alps, the very next day. Although not possessing British citizenship, Geldof was included in the esteemed list of the 100 Greatest Britons in 2002. In that same year, he became a founding partner of Group Call, a prominent organization specializing in the provision of communication software and data extraction solutions to the public, corporate, and educational sectors.
His initial involvement stemmed from concerns regarding the safety of his children. In anticipation of the Isle of Wight Festival scheduled for June of that year, Geldof made the announcement that his former band, “The Boomtown Rats,” would be reuniting for a highly anticipated performance, marking their first appearance together since 1986.
Who Is Bob Geldof Wife?
Mr. Geldof has been married twice and divorced once. In June 1986, he married his long-term partner, Ms. Paula Yates, but they ended their marriage in May 1996. Before becoming a host of a music program in the 1980s, Ms. Yates worked as a rock journalist. Unfortunately, she passed away from a heroin overdose in 2000. After a gap of 15 years, Mr. Geldof got married again to Ms. Jeanne Marine, a French actress. They currently live in the Battersea area of South London.