Ever listened to Diana Ross or Billy Preston, then you will know there is a difference in their art from other musicians of the ’70s right?. This unique difference in their music is not only attributed to their unique style of music but also to a unique manager who was ready to go all-in for them when their talents were discovered; this unparalleled music manager is none other than prominent U.S music manager, Robert Ellis Silberstein.
Robert Ellis is not just a well-known music manager but also a seasoned business tycoon who became famous in the ’70s and ’80s. Throughout his career, he secured deals for so many popular musicians and pushed the music careers of many famous artists to new heights. Apart from Billy Preston and Diana Ross, he also managed the musical career of the likes of Michael Lee Aday (also known as Meat Loaf), Ronnie Wood, English rock band Status Quo, American recording artist Chaka, and many others.
Ellis is also widely known as the ex-husband of and father to famous U.S entertainers -Tracee Ellis Ross and Rhonda Ross Kendrick respectively. Robert Ellis’s family is indeed the home of stars and it can be said to be a metaphoric “house of fame” but how well do you know Robert Ellis? Below is all you should know about the icon from his major career moves down to his marriages and children, we’ve got you covered.
Robert Ellis Silberstein’s Background
Although the music executive has almost succeeded in hiding the names of his parents, siblings, and family members from the public, he hasn’t also hidden his birthday. Ellis was born on the 5th of January, 1946 in Elberon, New Jersey into an affluent Jewish home. There’s no information about his early life, what his childhood looked like if he had any siblings or is an only child but what is, however, a known fact is that his family ran a lucrative clothing business and which involved manufacturing of Jewish garments.
Another known fact is that Ellis graduated from West Virginia University in the mid-sixties and that upon his graduation, he applied to teach at the University (West Virginia University) and was taken. He taught for a few years before going out to try his luck as an entrepreneur in Chicago.
Career Accomplishments And How Much He Is Worth Today
Silberstein is a very successful music manager who has managed several world-class artists skyrocketing their careers to a whole new level back in the 1970s and ’80s. Artists like Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Billy Preston, and even Rufus have a lot to thank Ellis for. His major career moves were managing these famous music stars and helping them to reach the peak of their career and that in turn brought him to the peak of his as he became a household name as far as managing music artists was concerned.
In the mid-’70s he took up a job as a music chief for a few known names in the world of simulation and animation. Ellis’ career as a music director, manager, and businessman have made him one of the richest men alive; his net worth is currently estimated at $50 Million.
Is Robert Ellis Silberstein Married And Does He Have Children?
Although Robert Ellis Silberstein has a successful career both in business and in the world of entertainment, he, however, didn’t have it all smooth in his marital life. He is one of Hollywood’s veterans who had a rocky relationship with their spouses and eventually filed for a divorce. His first open relationship was with iconic singer, actress, record producer, and songwriter, Diana Ross.
The couple’s love story began sometimes in the sixties when they found love in each other’s eyes, which led to them establishing a relationship sometime in November 1970. In January 1971, the couple took their relationship to the next level by officially exchanging marital vows in the presence of their family, friends, and loved ones.
Their first baby arrived one year after their wedding, precisely on 29th October 1972. She was named Tracee Ellis Ross. Ellis and Diana welcomed their second child together in November 1975, and she was named Chudney Lane. Based on reasons best known to the couple, they called it quits in 1977 but remained best friends. During the years they were together, Diana Ross’ fame was at its peak and this, of course, boosted Robert Ellis’ career. Silberstein was not just a father to Diana Ross’ two children but also a step-father to three other kids (Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Evan Ross Næss, and Ross Næss) she had from her previous relationships.
Ever since Ellis separated from his wife, there has never been any report about him dating someone or getting married. He appears to be very comfortable with his life as a divorcee and the amazing love he receives from children.
While Tracee Ellis Ross is a model, television personality, and actress famous for playing the fictional character Joan Clayton in Girlfriends and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in Black-ish, her sister Chudney Lane 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, in 2012 and Everlee following their wedding in 2015.