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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/12/2006

Bob Geldolf: Top of the Pops?

By Liz Kelly

Tom Cruise could learn a thing or two from Bob Geldof. Geldof has been named "Best Celebrity Dad" by esteemed Web site (A few weeks ago Sharon Osbourne was named best celebrity mum by the equally distinguished Freemans of London.)

Top pop Bob Geldof. (AP)

Geldof, long an advocate of father's rights, won full custody of his three daughters (Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie) with Paula Yates in 1997. After Yates' death from a drug overdose he became legal guardian of her daughter with deceased INXS singer Michael Hutchence, Heavenly Hiraani Tigerlily.

The Brit-centric list of winners also features David Beckham in second place and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in third. Americans Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt also both made the list, but Depp effectively lives in France and Pitt is reportedly holed up in an African game reserve with expectant partner Angelina Jolie.

While didn't share the criteria used to hone the nominees, to help next year's nominees, I've compiled a few desirable qualities below.

A best celebrity dad...

...would allow mom to have an epidural and actually have contact with her newborn child immediately.

...would never cast his daughter in a cheesy '80s '90s teen ensemble show set in southern California (but would still produce the show, because it totally rocked and we all know what and who we're talking about here.). This also applies to music videos: no sexed-up daughters frolicking in lingerie (fourth video on page).

...would never dangle his offspring from balconies, name more than one child the same name, refer to one as "blanket" or cover his kids in burqas.

...probably shouldn't sleep with the nanny (though this didn't keep Jude Law off this year's list).

...should cultivate Geldof's penchant for unique yet somehow cool names as opposed to other celebs who insist on unique yet somehow totally crazy names like Apple, Moxie CrimeFighter, or Kal-el.

Think we can grow this list? Add your suggestions below.

By Liz Kelly  | April 12, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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was a cheesy 90's show - not 80's

Posted by: 90210 | April 12, 2006 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Would not saddle the children with names that are certain to cause those children endless angst and years of therapy.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2006 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and have to disagree with your assessment that Geldof provided "unique yet somehow cool names" for his kids: Fifi?!?!? I've known dogs called that.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2006 1:18 PM | Report abuse

How the heck is Brad Pitt on the list?! He cheated on his wife with another woman (albeit a hot one). He's a real standup guy, marrying the woman he knocked up. Please the guy is not a great father or role model.

Posted by: James | April 12, 2006 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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