Robert Ellis Silberstein is a prominent American music manager and business tycoon known as the ex-husband of American singer Diana Ross. During his active years in the 1970s, he was the music manager of Diana’s as well as other well-known artists in the industry at the time.
His popular clients include music artist Rufus, singer Michael Lee Aday (also known as Meat Loaf), English rock singer Ronnie Wood, R&B star Billy Preston and American recording artist Chaka, English rock band Status Quo and many others.
Below you will find the profile of the Music Executive and other interesting facts you need to know about him.
Robert Ellis Silberstein – Biography
The renowned American economic mogul was born on January 5, 1946, in Elberon, New Jersey, and grew up in a wealthy family known for making Jewish clothing. Ellis attended the University of West Virginia. Shortly after graduation, he got a teaching job, but he allegedly left the job after a fight with his boss.
The music manager has not yet revealed the names of his parents, siblings and family members. There is also no information about his early life and what his childhood looked like.
His Net worth
The music manager’s wealth could be under review at the moment, as there is little information about his wealth and its accumulation. It is believed that he has an impressive fortune, considering the years he has spent in the industry and the caliber of the people he has managed their music. Diana Ross’s fortune, however, is estimated at $250 million.
Is he Married? – Wife and Children
Although Robert Ellis Silberstein has had a successful career in both business and the entertainment industry, he holds a record as one of the Hollywood veterans who had a difficult relationship with their spouses and eventually filed for divorce.
Ellis’ first open relationship was with the American singer, actress, record producer, and songwriter Diana Ross. The couple’s love story began when they found love in each other’s eyes, which led them to start a relationship sometime in November 1970.
After seeing each other for two months and consolidating their intimacy, Silberstein took his relationship with Ross to another level by leading her to the altar. In January 1971, the couple officially exchanged marriage vows in the presence of their family, friends and loved ones.
Their first baby came one year after their marriage, on October 29, 1972, and she was named Tracee Ellis Ross. Ellis and Diana welcomed their second child together in November 1975 and she was named Chudney Lane.
For reasons best known to the music manager and his then-famous wife, Ellis and his singing wife quit in 1977 but remained best friends. The wife of the Elberon-born star, Diana, is best known as the singer of the Supremes, a prominent vocal group signed by Motown – an American record company. Ross gained further international recognition after releasing her debut solo album of the same name in 1970, the same year she left The Supremes.
A 12-time Grammy nomination was born in Detroit on March 26, 1944, as Ernestine Ross (mother) and Fred Ross, Sr. She is the second oldest child of her parents. Her older sister is Barbara Ross-Lee, one of America’s best doctors and the first African-American woman to hold the post of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
Diana Ross’s decades-long career has taken her to so many places and also brought her before the Royals. The former Motown Queen received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and was named the 50th most successful dance artist of all time by Billboard magazine in December 2016.
The former Supremes star has five live albums, twenty-four studio albums, thirty compilation albums and four soundtrack albums to her credit, making her one of the world’s best musicians.
Robert Ellis Silberstein is the father of Diana Ross’ two children and stepfather of three other children she had from two other relationships. His biological children are daughters – Tracee Ellis Ross and Chudney Ross.
While the former is a model, television personality and actress is known for playing the fictional character Joan Clayton in Girlfriends and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in Black-ish, the latter works as a producer and production manager. She is happily married to her longtime boyfriend Joshua Faulkner, with whom she welcomed a daughter named Callaway Lane after her marriage in 2015.
Ellis Silberstein, also known as Bobby Ellis, is a loving stepfather of Diana’s other children – Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Evan Ross Næss and Ross Næss.
If you ask me, Rhonda is actually Diana’s oldest child. She was two months pregnant with her when she married Ellis Silberstein. Although the music manager knew that Rhonda was not his biological child, he raised her as his own daughter. Rhonda became aware of her real father when she turned 13. Her father is Berry Gordy – a close friend of her family and the founder of the Motown company. She always called Gordy Uncle B.B. until he realized that he was actually her father.
Evan Olav Næss (born 26 August 1988) and Ross Næss (born 7 October 1987) come from Ross’ relationship with her second husband, whom she married in 1985 – eight years after the divorce from Ellis.
Arne Næss Jr, a Norwegian mountaineer, shipping magnate, and businessman, met Diana on a trip to the Bahamas in 1985. The two divorced in 1999. Born on 8 December 1937 as Arne Rudolf Ludvig Raab in Germany, Næss died on 13 January 2004 in South Africa as the result of a climbing accident.
Robert Ellis Silberstein is currently not together. Since he separated from his wife, there has never been a report of him dating or marrying anyone. He seems very comfortable with his life as a divorced man and the amazing love he receives from the children.