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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Boomtime for Bob Geldof, king of the after-dinner speech

Bob Geldof in the National Library of Ireland
Bob Geldof in the National Library of Ireland

Nick Bramhill

HIS tendency to turn the air blue live on air has landed him in hot water in the past with broadcasting chiefs.

But Bob Geldof's outspoken manner and colourful language have also helped net him a fortune as Ireland's most sought-after public speaker.

The Dublin-born humanitarian can charge over €65,000 for a single talk with top UK agency, Speakers Associates.

The Live Aid hero is the only Irish national on the agency's books who's listed in the top bracket price, with private fees arranged "on application".

The agency has 836 famous people on its books and grades its speakers into four different fee categories. Prices range up to €13,000 for the personalities least in demand and up to €65,000 for the second-highest grouping.

The global development activist is one of a select few with the top-priced four-star rating. The agency's profile describes Geldof (63) as a "world-class speaker and a charismatic and masterful storyteller".

Former president Mary Robinson, broadcaster Terry Wogan and chat-show king Graham Norton are next in the agency's pecking order - with fees of up to €65,000.

Former politicians, John Bruton and Charlie McCreevy, and comics, Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne, are all charging up to €26,000 per event. Adventurer Mark Pollock's fee has a ceiling of €13,000.

Speakers Associates declined to comment.

Sunday Independent

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