Bob Geldof's Height
6ft 1 (185.4 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 1 ½ (186.7 cm)
Irish Singer from Boomtown Rats. He claimed to be 6ft 1½
Bob with Jeanne Marine (who claims 5 feet 5)
Photos by PR Photos
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 1.44in (186.5cm)
Current: 6ft 0.66in (184.5cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/May/19
⭐ I knew a bloke who was hanging out with Bob when he was playing Pink in Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'! He knew a great many stars and even ponced Jimmy Page's autograph from the famous guitarist for me - on a rare, South American copy of 'Led Zeppelin 3'! 🎸
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/May/19
When I was staying with friends in Faversham, Kent, the couple with whom my boyfriend and I lodged, were forever bumping into the Geldofs, which those days were Bob and Paula Yates. Out of the girls, only Fifi had been born.
Late one morning, my friend Rena (pronounced Renna, as in 'henna'), an Australian lady, came back from a trip to Woolworth's and said she'd seen Bob Geldof out and about, which was by no means unusual as they lived there. I missed the chance, preferring to stay in. She said he was very tall and lanky. Mind you, she was only 4ft11.5!
I went out at every other opportunity, but did I see him? No, not once! I only ever read in the 'music rags' that Bob was 6ft2. Even Paula said so in a delightful interview with her that I read. She, by the way, was 5ft4, so the daughters' extra height is definitely down to Dad.
Paula was pregnant with Peaches Honeyblossom at that time. It was Christmas 1988. I recall when the little girl was born, and her tragically early passing had me shocked and in tears.
I was using the same hairdressers as I am now at that time, and one of the girls looked like Pixie - tall, with a short, blonde pixie cut. When I called the young lady, firstly inadvertently, Pixie, and explained my reasons, she said, "I consider that a compliment!" Henceforth she was always Pixie to me; alas, she doesn't work there now, more's the pity.
All the good work that Bob has done for mankind has touched hearts worldwide and earnt him a knighthood. Fate has been very cruel to this man, first losing Paula to Michael Hutchence and then altogether, and what did he do? He adopted their orphaned daughter, Tiger Lily. (Michael died before Paula.) That's what I call a real BIG man, regardless of height. He proved that not only does he care about the starving, he is man enough to forgive and move on. The loss of his bright, bouncy and brainy daughter Peaches was indescribably cruel.
I hope he is now as happy as he so richly deserves.
I'll give him 6ft1.75 for his peak height and deduct an inch for today's.
Haus Am See
said on 15/Jan/19
any idea how big his head is?
Seems in 10 inch range, enhanced at times by his hairstyle.
Gracian said on 9/Sep/18
Please Rob, add him to the rock singers category.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Apr/18
Rory said on 20/Oct/17
Claimed 6ft1.5 in an old flexipop lifeline in boomtown rats so he surely wasn't 6ft2.
Ted said on 2/Oct/17
Clearly taller. 189cm is possible for peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Sep/17
Actually I think 6ft2 peak was better. He edged out Simon LeBon
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Dec/16
He could pass for 6ft3 in the 80's
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Aug/16
He looked a good 2in taller than Tony Blair
said on 29/Jun/16
Rob, are you still convinced Geldof was a 6ft2 guy in the Boomtown Rats/Live Aid days?
Editor Rob: there is a chance he was shorter actually.
said on 29/May/16
Rob, do you have any guesses for Phil Lynott, lead singer of Thin Lizzy?
He's been described 6ft1, 6ft2 and on a couple of occasions 6ft3. I think 6ft2 range personally, similar to Geldof at peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Jul/15
Rob, could we add a photo?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/May/15
He was taller than Simon LeBon and Paul Young.
Not under 6ft2 peak and can still look close to it now.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Mar/15
Well, Rampage he looked 6' max to me in the Band Aid photos!
Arch Stanton said on 1/Mar/15
Rob can you add a photo? Boris Becker I think should have a page by now, a few people requested him, myself included! All I know if that on Wimbledon he looked taller than Tim Henman. I think 6'2" flat might be a good shout, the 6'3 listing was in tennis shoes I'd guess.
said on 25/Nov/14
Rob, do you still think he's 6ft1?
[Editor Rob: he could have dropped a bit of height, but also he isn't a guy with impeccable posture, just looking at him, he can appear around 6ft at times when standing looser than others around.]
said on 24/Nov/14
Rob you might consider a further downgrade, he honestly doesn't look near 6 ft 1 anymore. I'd say 6'1.5 peak and perhaps as low as 5'11.5 now.Click Here
John86 said on 17/Nov/14
Looked 3" taller than 5'8 Dermot O'Leary on X factor, I swear either Dermot wears lifts or he is 5'9 and incorrectly listed here.
truth said on 15/Feb/14
6ft2 peak easily
5'11" barefoot said on 3/Feb/14
He wore thick boots which gave him a boost in his rocker days...now 6 foot
Prince of Darkness said on 10/Dec/13
I have a Boomtown Rats songbook from 1979, which lists his height as 6ft 1.5in. I think he looked taller because of his very slight build.
said on 12/Nov/13
Rob, any guesses for Paula Yates?
[Editor Rob: not sure, seemed pretty average range, maybe 5ft 4-5ft 5]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Aug/12
Geldof was a 6ft2-3 guy in his prime.
Just watch the "Do They Know It's Christmas" video from
1984. He's easily one of the tallest musicians there. Standing
next to Simon Lebon (also 188cm) he's slightly taller and a
good 3in over guys like Sting, George Michael and Boy George.
The only taller one is Tony Hadley (193cm then).
In 1984 - 6ft2.5(189cm)
In 2012 - 6ft1.75(187.5cm)
Brad said on 20/Nov/11
I saw him in the Boomtown Rats in 1979, then seven years later met him in New Bond Street. Can confirm he is slightly taller than me and I am 187cm (6'1.8in!) Guessing he is 189cms when he stands up straight, or pretty damn close (or he was then!). Lanky in the leg department I noticed particularly, or was it just the drainpipes giving that impression?
5'8.76786 said on 18/Aug/11
Yep, Rob, Geldof still looks closer to 6'2 than 6'1.
tubbs said on 4/Jul/09
Still 6'2", why the 6'1"!
Doug said on 8/Apr/09
Geldof has not lost any height whats goin on here? He is 6'2" minimum.
Hugh said on 30/Aug/08
Rob, just upgrade him.
Hugh said on 28/Mar/08
He lost absolutely no height. 6ft1 is ridiculous. 6ft2 definately.
Hugh said on 19/Mar/08
6ft2 minimum. If not 6ft3. I met him at Live 8 in Hyde Park a few years back. He was about my height.
Chris said on 3/May/07
Saw him in Spain on a set, at least 6'2''.
Anonymous said on 15/Jan/07
rob, why dont you give him 6ft2 peak height, 6ft1 now?
[Editor Rob: oh, yes I should do that]
ted said on 17/Dec/06
i met him once 1986 and he is definitely at least 6'2". Im 6'1"" and he was definitely taller.
Aussie Bloke said on 13/Dec/06
He's arpund the 6ft1 mark these days, but if you go back 10-15 years, he was certainly around 6ft2. People shrink, its a fact of life, he is 6ft1 these days I'm sorry to any doubters
Brad said on 11/Dec/06
Saw The Boomtown Rats at The Rainbow Music Hall in Denver on their first U.S. tour. Met him before show in the parking lot. He's 6' 2". Ugly.
smoke said on 31/Oct/06
Wow he must be the only cele on this site that everyone agrees on him being taller than what the editor has stated.
Joe said on 6/Aug/06
six foot two for definite. He could be taller.
MHouillon said on 20/Apr/06
Yeah, SIR Bob Geldof is def taller than 185... more like 187,188, even 189 possible.
Anonymous said on 23/Jan/06
He was taller than every character in the movie of Pink Floyd's The Wall when he stared as Pink. He always seem to be a big guy in reality so I think he got to big very tall.
Tubbs said on 23/Nov/05
Bob with 6'0" Blair and 5'6.5" Bono, he really does look 6'2, I think you should upgrade him Rob, everyone here says 6'2".
Chris said on 8/Nov/05
I saw a concert with him in Salmanca,(Spain) in 2003, he looked a solid 6'2''.
Tubbs said on 8/Nov/05
There's an awful moment in Live Aid when he sings backing vocals to Let It Be with Pete Townshend, Townshend is a genuine 6ft, and Bob looked atleast 2 inches taller, 6'2 is possible i think.
elvoys said on 5/Nov/05
def 6,2 or 3
Me said on 12/Aug/05
I think this is reasonably accurate...he appears to be taller as he is so lean. In the Boomtown Rats song 'Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)' there is a line which goes... "I took a tube train through the subway systems. I rode those tunnels like a six foot mole." So clearly he is at least 6 foot however he could be much taller...6ft 1 or 2 doesn't exactly fit in with the timing of the song.
absent said on 24/Jul/05
He really looks taller, he towers over other people.
Michael said on 1/Jun/05
Geldof always looked taller to me than that (particularly when standing next to other people). I think 6'2" is probably more accurate.