Creator of Live Aid and Live 8, Award-winning Entrepreneurial Businessman, Activist and Musician
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As a tireless campaigner for numerous good causes and charities throughout the world, Sir Bob Geldof is able to use his high profile to great effect. From African famines and aid organisations to business, global politics and communications, Sir Bob has raised awareness of a wide range of causes.
Rising to fame thanks to his music career, which began with The Boomtown Rats in 1975, Sir Bob is known for the hit albums and singles he has recorded – both as part of a band and as a solo artist, and he continues to be a prolific recording artist. During the 1984 famine in Ethiopia, he turned his attention to charity work, organising Band Aid and the fundraising event Live Aid. In light of his charity work, he received a knighthood in 1986.
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 Geldof’s place as a tireless campaigner for global charities. As such, he has received a number of awards, including the Nobel Man of Peace Award, several Honorary Doctorates, and a number of Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
As part of his plans to support Africa and assist in its development, in order to bring it in line with China and India, Sir Bob set up a private equity fund in 2010, called The 8 Mile Fund.
He uses his experiences and insight into global issues to talk in an informative, provocative and entertaining way about a variety of topics. Lauded for his inspiring and motivating keynote speeches, he’s available for a variety of events.
Bob 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.
"We ask our delegates to complete evaluation forms on the speakers etc. Bob received the best marks in the history of our event (higher than Bill Clinton!). The top mark is 5 but people were crossing that out and putting a 6 or even a 10! Great message , great delivery , fully deserved his standing ovation ! Thanks to you for making sure it worked and to Bob for taking time out from G8. Awesome!" Mike Firth, Chairman, Yorkshire Forward
"What an incredible speech! He [Bob Geldof] really is the best orator I have ever seen.” Mike Firth - YIBC
"Just a quick note to say thanks to you and your team for your help in getting Bob to speak at the Google conference earlier this week." Google
"Bob [Geldof] really did an amazing job of tailoring the talk to this audience and I imagine that's a part of the magic that he delivers every time (and how great was that when he showed the audience yesterday's Toronto Mail). As I mentioned, it's really a pleasure when a very intelligent person speaks to an audience as if they're on his level. That's not often the norm and it's refreshing. Also, I could be wrong but it seemed to me that he enjoyed challenging himself to create at least part of this talk without a net and on the fly. It was great to see him create it." Response Expo, San Diego
"An outstanding speaker. The most powerful messaging I have ever heard." Paul Seymour, Senior Partner, Lloyds Of London
"Barry and I have seen hundreds of speakers over our years in the Industry and both agree Sir Bob [Geldof] is the best!" Priceline, Australia